Christian Garcia was not in attendance at Florida’s practice Tuesday, but here’s to guessing it was an excused absence.
In July, the linebacker was working at a Gainesville bar when he walked out back to take out trash and stopped the attempted sexual assault of an unconscious woman. Tuesday, the school’s official website reported, Garcia was in Washington D.C. as one of three recipients of the inaugural “It’s On Us” Courage Awards. “It’s On Us,” the site explains, is an initiative to halt sexual assaults on college campuses that was introduced by President Barack Obama two years ago.
As part of the trip to the nation’s capital, Garcia was feted last night during a reception at the home of Vice President Joe Biden.
“This a great honor and it’s pretty cool to be recognized for a good cause,” Garcia said.
Perhaps most rewarding for the player was a face-to-face meeting with the victim he saved.
Garcia met the young woman who was assaulted and her mother during a meeting with investigators not long after the incident.
“They just thanked me for what I did and said I gave them a lot of hope,” Garcia said. “They embraced me. It was a good moment.