College Basketball Fans Encouraged to Vote for Naismith Student Section of the Year Award

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ATLANTA, Ga.  (January 22, 2014) – With the college basketball season heating up, the buzz is growing in anticipation of NCAA® March Madness® and the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, where fans across the nation will have a say in determining the best student section in college basketball.
 
Fans can vote for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award in three ways:
 
1. Via a direct link: www.mystudentsectionrocks.com or http://bit.ly/1fzbsNx
2. Via College Colors on Facebook: www.facebook.com/collegecolors
3. Via Twitter: Using your designated school-specific hashtag and #beststudentsection within a tweet. School-specific hashtags can be found upon placing an initial vote at www.mystudentsectionrocks.com.
 
The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which is presented through a partnership between the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Awards, is dedicated to celebrating student fans that support their college basketball team with passion and devotion.
 
The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award will be determined through two rounds of public voting, combined with a scoring of the finalists by the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors. The Board of Selectors will review criteria such as rank during the two rounds of public voting, video submission showcasing the spirit of the student section, any organized efforts to promote voting for the award, as well as the group’s support of any philanthropic organization during the season. Complete details on the selection process can be found at facebook.com/collegecolors.
 
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the level of participation and excitement surrounding the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award as the contest enters its third year,” said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “Now is the time for students, alumni, and fans of these schools across the country to make their votes count and help push their schools to victory.”
 
“College basketball student sections embody the energy, passion and enthusiasm that create a uniquely coveted home court advantage, and we want to celebrate that,” added Catherine Gammon, Senior Vice President of Brand Development for CLC. “We are encouraging all fans to make sure the students of their favorite school are recognized for the spirit they display by casting votes daily.”
 
Besides bragging rights, the winning student section earns a $10,000 donation to their school’s general scholarship fund and will be honored during a home basketball game. In addition, the school with the highest number of public votes in each represented conference will earn a $250 donation to their school.

The 2014 campaign marks the third year of the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award. The University of Kansas won the inaugural award in 2012, while Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) took home top honors in 2013.
 
Participating schools include:
Abilene Christian
Air Force
Alabama
Alabama A&M
Alcorn State
Arizona
Arizona State
Arkansas
Arkansas State
Army
Auburn
Ball State
Baylor
Belmont
Bethune-Cookman
Binghamton
Boise State
Boston College
Boston University
Bowling Green
Bradley
Bryant
Bucknell
Butler
BYU
Cal
Cal Poly
Cal State Bakersfield
Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Northridge
Canisius
Central Michigan
Charlotte
Chattanooga
Cincinnati
Citadel (The)
Clemson
Cleveland State
Colorado
Colorado State
Columbia
Coppin State
Creighton
Davidson
Delaware
Denver
Detroit
Drexel
Duquesne
East Carolina
East Tennessee State
Eastern Illinois
Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Michigan
Fairfield
Fairleigh Dickinson
Florida A&M
Florida Atlantic
Florida Gulf Coast
Florida International
Fordham
Fresno State
Furman
Georgetown
Georgia State
Georgia Tech
Gonzaga
Grambling
Grand Canyon
Green Bay
Hartford
Hawaii
Holy Cross
Idaho
Idaho State
Illinois
Illinois State
Indiana
Iowa
Iowa State
IPFW
Jackson State
Jacksonville
Jacksonville State
Kansas
Kansas State
Kennesaw State
Kent State
Kentucky
La Salle
Lamar
Lehigh
Liberty
Lipscomb
Long Beach State
Longwood
Louisiana at Lafayette
Louisiana Tech
Louisville
Loyola Chicago
Loyola Maryland
Loyola Marymount
LSU
Maine
Manhattan
Marist
Marshall
Maryland
Massachusetts
McNeese State
Memphis
Mercer
Miami  (FL)
Miami (OH)
Michigan
Middle Tennessee State
Minnesota
Mississippi State
Mississippi Valley
Missouri
Missouri State
Monmouth
Montana
Montana State
Mount St. Mary’s
Murray State
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New Mexico State
Niagara
North Dakota
North Dakota State
North Texas
Northern Arizona
Northern Colorado
Northern Iowa
Northern Kentucky
Northwestern
Oakland
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Old Dominion
Ole Miss
Omaha
Oregon
Oregon State
Pacific
Penn
Penn State
Pittsburgh
Portland State
Prairie View A&M
Providence
Purdue 
Quinnipiac
Rhode Island
Rice
Richmond
Rider
Sacramento State
Saint Joseph’s
Saint Louis
Saint Mary’s (CA)
Sam Houston State
Samford
San Diego State
San Francisco
San Jose State
Santa Clara
Savannah State
Seattle
Siena
SIU Edwardsville
SMU
South Alabama
South Carolina
South Carolina State
South Carolina Upstate
South Dakota State
South Florida
Southeastern
Southern
Southern Illinois
Southern Miss
Southern Utah
Stephen F. Austin
Stetson
Stony Brook
Syracuse
TCU
Temple
Tennessee
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech
Texas
Texas A&M
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Texas Southern
Texas State
Toledo
Towson
Troy
Tulane
Tulsa
UAB
UALR
UAPB
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Santa Barbara
UCF
UCLA
UConn
UIW
ULM
UMass Lowell
UMBC
UMES
UMKC
UNC Asheville
UNCG
UT Arlington
Utah
Utah State
Utah Valley
UTEP
UT Martin
UTPA
UTSA
Valparaiso
Vanderbilt
VCU
Vermont
Villanova
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wagner
Wake Forest
Washington State
Weber State
West Virginia
Western Carolina
Western Michigan
Wichita State
William & Mary
Wisconsin
WKU
Wofford
Wright State
Xavier
Youngstown State
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For more information contact:
Laurie Cannon
Manager, Communications
Collegiate Licensing Company
(404) 937-4106 or lcannon@clc.com
 
About the Collegiate Licensing Company
CLC is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG. Founded in 1981, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate trademark licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. The mission of CLC is to be the guiding force in collegiate trademark licensing and one of the top sports licensing firms in the country. CLC is dedicated to being a center of excellence in providing licensing services of the highest quality to its member institutions, licensees, retailers and consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta, CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 90 licensing professionals who provide full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and brand development. For more information on CLC, visit: CLC.com or IMGCollege.com.
 
About The Atlanta Tipoff Club
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA’s Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women’s Naismith Trophy in 1983.
 
The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.
 

 
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