This month, the Queens College Athletics Department’s alumni spotlight shines on former Knights women’s field hockey student-athlete, Marcia Goodhart-Simon.
A 1978 QC graduate with a Health and Physical Education major, Ms. Simon made the best of her time on the Flushing campus. She was not only a dedicated student-athlete, but she wrote - and eventually became the sports editor - for the school newspaper at the time the “Phoenix.”
Simon resided in Fresh Meadows while attending Queens College. She and her sister were teammates on the field hockey team when Dr. Audrey Erickson was the coach. According to Simon, being part of Queens College Athletics, “has made me a better person, more of a competitor.” Not only was Ms. Simon a Knight, she covered the Knights with the school newspaper, “The Phoenix.” After becoming their sports editor, she publicized the QC Athletics Department with an “Athlete of the Week” piece. This was a weekly piece in the paper shining a light on a Knights student-athlete from any sport. Simon noted that she, “loved being a sportswriter,” as it gave her an opportunity to recognize the many student-athletes who worked so hard to represent the school.
The last time she was at Queens College was in 2010 and she didn’t recognize the updated campus. Her visit brought back memories of having classes with her favorite physical education professors, Selma Schwartz and Dr. Pat Del Rey. Professors Schwartz and Del Rey motivated her to manage all her responsibilities as a hard-working student, a hard-working student-athlete, and hard worker at the newspaper. The lessons they taught her about balance and hard work enabled her to connect with many of her fellow student-athletes and become a leader on and off the field.
She has been able to keep up her journalistic skills and maintain her connections to QC student-athletes through Facebook. She has used the social media website to keep in touch with fellow QC Phys Ed majors, former field hockey teammates, and others from the athletics community. She has even created a group entitled "Queens College PE Majors, faculty, athletes and friends" which has been a success because, “somebody knows somebody else” and they are able to spread the word and encourage participation on the social networking site.
When asked about today’s student-athletes competing for the Knights in all 20 sports her advice to them was, “excel at what they do and make a name for the school.”
In talking about the Queens College Athletics Department’s creation of the Athletics Hall of Fame, she noted, “it’s a wonderful thing for the department,” adding that there have been so many student-athletes worthy of nominations. (Nominations for the QC Athletics Hall of Fame can be submitted at http://queensknights.com/hof)
For 33 years, Marcia Simon has resided in the Fort Lauderdale area of Florida with her husband, Jay. In 1994, she had her athletic career shortened due to serious health issues with her pancreas and kidneys. She is currently a sales associate for a nation-wide carding company, called Continental Plastic Card. The company provide cards of all types: gift cards, credit/debit cards, gas cards, loyalty cards, etc.
The lessons learned from Professors Schwartz and Del Rey, along with Coach Erickson have helped her persevere through it all. Simon took her mentors’ advice to never give up, which has helped her to fight through adversity.
Marcia Goodhart-Simon is a shining example of how Queens College has graduated some of the most motivated and inspirational people, who never let anything stop them!
Nominations for the Athletics Hall of Fame are now being accepted! Visit queensknights.com/hof to submit a nomination for your favorite Knight!
The Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner will take place during Homecoming Weekend on October 13, 2012. A complete list of events can also be found at queensknights.com/hof.