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All NACDA Members
NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon
(Tuesday, June 17, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.)

Barbara Hedges:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 1997 NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon. Now, it is my pleasure to introduce Mike Lude, former athletics director at the University of Washington and NACDA's past president in 1981-82 to deliver the invocation.

Mike Lude:

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for this opportunity to come together and to honor these outstanding young men and women and to celebrate their achievements. Help us to remember they are the reason for our passion. Help us to keep that passion and interest in intercollegiate athletics. Bless them in their future endeavors and bless our efforts to continue that legacy. Lord, please bless and consecrate this food to the nourishment of our body and thank you, Lord, for this opportunity for us all to share together in this wonderful experience of athletics administration. Amen.

Barbara Hedges:

To begin today's program, I would like to introduce the people on the dais who are not speaking. On the upper dais to my right is our executive director, Mike Cleary. Beside him are our past presidents -- Bob Bronzan from l967-68 from San Jose University; Fred Miller from 1978-79 from Arizona State University; Ben Carnevale from 1979-80 from College of William and Mary; John Toner from 1980-81 from the University of Connecticut; Mike Lude from 1981-82 while at the University of Washington; Gary Cunningham, AD at the University of California-Santa Barbara and past president from 1988-89 while at Fresno State; Jack Lengyel, AD at the U.S. Naval Academy and president in 1989-90; and Jim Copeland, AD at Southern Methodist University and our immediate past president. Let's have a round of applause.

I would like to introduce our current Officers. They are to my left and to your right -- Art Eason, AD at William Paterson and NACDA's secretary; Jim Livengood, AD at the University of Arizona and NACDA's 3rd vice president, Fred Gruninger, AD at Rutgers and NACDA's 2nd vice president; and Vince Dooley, AD at the University of Georgia and NACDA's 1st vice president, soon to be president. Although he will be speaking later, I would like to introduce John Lebbad of Sears and sponsor of our luncheon today.

It certainly is my pleasure today to introduce our master of ceremonies, Robin Roberts of ESPN. Robin was a standout basketball player at Southeastern Louisiana University. She serves as an anchor and reporter for ESPN and ABC and is in her eighth year as one of ESPN's most versatile commentators. She has hosted the network's Sunday morning Sunday SportsDay, contributed to NFL Prime Time and provided reports and interviews from the field, including responsibilities as ESPN's primary reporter for the Winter and Summer Olympics.

She has also hosted ESPN's coverage of the women's and men's NCAA Final Four. Robin serves on the NACDA Blue Ribbon Committee which selects the NACDA Preseason Games Postgraduate Scholarship Award Winners and will be featured in the December issue of Athletics Administration in the "NACDA Q and A Forum." Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Robin Roberts.

Robin Roberts:

Good afternoon everyone and thank you, Barbara, very much. Athletics Administration.

I was contacted by Sports Illustrated, but I said, "No, I'm in Athletics Administration's December issue so, don't come calling." I held out for the cover of Athletics Administration, so it's really an honor for me to be here and be a part of this fine conference.

We are pleased to honor our four NACDA Foundation Football Scholar-Athletes. The NACDA Foundation, along with the people from the Kickoff Classic and Pigskin Classic, annually sponsor a postgraduate scholarship for one member of each of the teams that participated in the two NACDA-sponsored preseason football games. The NACDA Foundation is providing the funds for four $5,000 grants, a total of $20,000 in postgraduate scholarships. Each of the winners is a varsity football letterwinner who has completed his eligibility and has carried at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Our first recipient is Bruce George, who was a fullback at Texas A&M University, which placed 30th in the Sears Directors Cup standings. Bruce earned a 3.0 GPA in biomedical science.

Our next recipient was a defensive back for Brigham Young University, which placed 16th in the Sears Directors Cup standings, Lane Hale. Lane earned a 3.61 GPA in advertising.

Our final recipient, Matt Keneley, was a defensive tackle for the University of Southern California, which placed eighth in the Sears Directors Cup standings. Matt earned a 3.74 GPA in public administration. If you were watching ESPN, you'll know that he was drafted in the seventh round by the NFL's New York Giants.

Congratulations gentlemen.

Now, we are pleased to present you with the 1996-97 NACDA Preseason Game Scholarship Award winners. Through this year, $400,000 has been awarded in postgraduate scholarships. This year, 311 nominations were received. Through the outstanding work of the Review Committee and the Blue Ribbon Committee, which I was a member of, and it was very hard, we arrived at our 10 winners. I don't know how we did it. Each recipient was required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and have earned all-Conference or all-American honors in their sport. Now, each of these young men and women will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study funded by proceeds from NACDA's two Preseason Games, the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics.

Our first recipient is Amy Carter, a soccer player from Emory University which placed fourth in the Division III Sears Directors' Cup standings. Amy earned a GPA of 3.70 while studying biology and chemistry. Next, is Scott Farnham, a football player from DePauw University. Scott posted a GPA of 3.67 in biology. Carrie Ferguson is a basketball player from Capital University. Carrie recorded a GPA of 3.95 in psychology. A football player from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Carlton Hendrix, is our next recipient. Carlton posted a 3.91 in environmental engineering. Our next recipient is Kimberly Hirai, a diver from Indiana University, which placed 34th in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Kimberly earned a perfect 4.00 in exercise science. Our next recipient is Matt Keneley. Matt, you're back as a dual winner. We congratulate you. Josh Lemmon is a football player from the University of Dayton. He earned a GPA of 3.97 in chemistry. Our final recipient, Seamus Lonergan is a member of the basketball team at Dartmouth College. Seamus posted a 3.85 GPA in chemistry and pre-medicine.

Let's give a round of applause for these fine student-athletes. Congratulations.

Now, we are pleased to join with our friends from Sears in presenting the Sears Directors' Cup trophies and Postgraduate Scholarship Award Winners. To introduce you to the program is Elaine Dreidame, senior associate athletics director at the University of Dayton and chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee.

Elaine Dreidame:

Thank you Robin. We are very proud to be honoring winners from all levels of the NCAA, Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. This is the second year in which all levels of four-year intercollegiate athletic programs have been included in the Sears Directors' Cup Program. Coinciding with the trophies are the presentations of the postgraduate scholarships. Each recipient was required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and serve in one of the support categories for the athletics department. This would include students in academic support, band members, cheerleaders, equipment room managers, facilities staff, sports information assistants, team managers and trainers. There are four at-large scholarships for each division and one also goes to a student at the institution which wins the Sears Directors' Cup Trophy. Each of these young men and women will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study, funded by Sears, for a total of $100,000.

We received 181 nominations and through the outstanding work of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee, we have arrived at our four winners from each division. Since the inception of the Sears Directors' Cup Program in 1993-94, $528,000 in postgraduate scholarships have been awarded. Now to explain Sears' involvement in the program, we have John Lebbad, director of event marketing and sales promotions at Sears.

John Lebbad:

Thanks Elaine. It's an honor to be here today representing Sears and presenting the four Directors' Cups in association with NACDA and USA Today. Sears is extremely proud of the Sears Collegiate Champions Program and the Directors' Cup and what it represents, gender, sport and school equity, recognizing participation and celebrating achievement. It provides a goodwill program that connects with our core consumer, the American family, moms, dads, students, athletic departments, fans and alumni. Almost everyone is touched by the excitement and emotion of college sports.

The Sears Collegiate Champions Program is a nationally recognized effort which allows the many Sears stores throughout the country the opportunity to build college and community relationships at the local level. This year alone, more than 250 of our associates were part of local on-campus trophy and scholarship presentations. Through this program, Sears recognizes participation of the athletes and those students who support them. Over the last three years, Sears has awarded three quarters of a million dollars in scholarships to students who have been there to support athletes -- cheerleaders, band members, trainers, managers and tutors. Today, we're pleased to have 14 of our 16 Sears Directors' Cup Scholarship winners. Students who have earned these scholarships through outstanding contributions to your athletics departments in your schools and they still maintained excellent grades.

Sears also celebrates achievement of college athletics as illustrated by the Sears Directors' Cup and the 2,400 national and conference trophies we award in all NCAA and NAIA championship sports. We, at Sears, believe that participation and achievement in sports make for better people. The many sides of collegiate athletics offer something for everyone and enables people to excel.

The Sears Collegiate Champions Program is one that's close to me, not just as director of event marketing at Sears and witnessing how participating and achieving in college sports empowers students, but also as a former college athlete. I participated in college sports at both Division I and III levels and, as you can tell from my size, I wasn't the center on the basketball team and I wasn't the tackle for a football team. As a captain of the Virginia Tech wrestling team, I had firsthand experience. It was never just about winning, although winning did make it more enjoyable and easier to go to practice the next day. What it really was all about was teamwork and sharing the experience.

Participating in sports enriched my life. It increased my self-esteem and confidence. It increased my interest in academics. It taught me the importance of teamwork and taught me leadership skills, qualities which extend past the wrestling mat and into my professional and personal life. There were some tough times wrestling at Virginia Tech. When I was there, we were more commonly known as the Fighting Gobblers. So, when going out on the mat for warmups, we had these robes that had turkeys on the back. It was a little tough going out there and having our opponents take us very seriously. I'm happy to see that Virginia Tech is more commonly known as the Hokies, and I want to go on record as saying that I know for Ted, who has a tree as a mascot, that only Virginia Tech can make cracks about this kind of thing. None of you other schools out there can joke about our mascot.

We, at Sears, want to congratulate and salute each of today's scholarships and the winners of the Sears Directors' Cup. Tomorrow, we'll be running a full-page ad in USA Today congratulating the four Sears Directors' Cup winners, recognizing your achievements. It's been an exciting year in college athletics and Sears would like to thank all of you in letting us help you celebrate and being a part of your outstanding achievements. Thank you.

Robin Roberts:

John Lebbad, you bad! What Sears has done, and I've been to numerous functions like this and Sears has been there especially for women's sports, the WBCA and with Women's Final Four. Really, Sears is truly a role model and shows what can be done. We appreciate your support.

We will begin with the Sears Directors' Cup Scholarships for the NCAA Division II. Our first scholarship recipient is Jacqueline Gerdts, an athletic trainer at Augustana College in South Dakota, which placed 29th in the Division II Sears Directors' Cup standings. She posted a GPA of 3.49 with a major in biology. Our next recipient is Cory Pack, an athletic trainer at Tarleton State University, where he posted a perfect 4.00 GPA in exercise and sport studies. Our third winner is Kristen Pomeroy, a cheerleader at the University of North Dakota, which finished 21st in the standings. Kristen posted a 3.91 GPA in psychology. Our final at-large recipient is Shana Walker, a cheerleader at North Carolina Central University. She posted a near-perfect, 3.93 GPA in history education. Congratulations.

We're moving on now to Division III. Our first scholarship recipient is Amy Giovanni, a sports information assistant at the University of California-San Diego, which placed third in the Division III Sears Directors' Cup standings. Amy posted a GPA of 3.68 in sociology. Our second winner is Steven Shay, an athletic trainer from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania. Steven earned a GPA of 3.73 in biochemistry. Our next recipient is Heidi Szczecinski, an athletic trainer from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. She posted a GPA of 3.90 in sports medicine. Our final at-large recipient is Mary Tovornik, another athletic trainer. She's from Salisbury State University in Maryland, which placed 25th in the standings. Mary posted a GPA of 3.89 in physical education.

Please congratulate our recipients.

I am now pleased to give to you our NAIA scholarship recipients. Our first recipient is Stephanie Allison, a sports information assistant at Wayland Baptist University in Texas which placed 53rd in the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup standings. Stephanie earned a GPA of 3.96 in biology and physical science. Our next recipient is Frederick Baker, a team manager for the women's basketball team at Transylvania University, which placed 43rd in the standings. Frederick posted a GPA 3.97 in philosophy. Our next recipient is Melonie Jurgens, a cheerleader at Hastings College, which finished 63rd in the standings. Melonie earned a GPA of 3.90 in political science and sociology. Congratulations.

Our last set of recipients comes from Division I. Our first scholarship award is for Adam Borcik, an athletic trainer at Troy State University in Alabama. Adam posted a perfect GPA of 4.00 in athletic training. Our next recipient if Anjanette Koritnik, who worked in academic support at the University of Notre Dame, which finished 14th in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Anjanette recorded a perfect 4.00 GPA in chemistry. Our third recipient is Karen Schilling, a team manager for the swim team at Washington State University. Karen earned a 3.97 GPA in biology and psychology. Congratulations.

Ladies and gentlemen, please, a collective round of applause for our 1997 Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners. It is now indeed my honor and pleasure to introduce the 1996-97 trophies. We'll begin with Division II. Now, this is the second year for Division II and the winner was the University of California-Davis. This year's winner accumulated a total of 706 points. They led in the standings the entire year and recorded 10 top 10 finishes. Their highest finish of the year was third place, a spot earned by the women's basketball, football, softball and water polo teams. They scored in seven women's and six men's sports. Let's watch some highlights of our 1996-97 winner.

Now, here to accept the trophy for the University of California-Davis is Director of Athletics Greg Warzecka.

Greg Warzecka:

I think that beautiful banner in the back of the room pretty much says it all, "Celebrating Achievement and Recognizing Participation." It's really what the Sears Directors' Cup is all about, but most importantly, it is a way of recognizing the benefits of a broad based athletic program and the excellence exhibited by all of our student-athletes.

I'm here today because of our student-athletes and our coaching staff, and it's for them that I'm accepting this award. We were honored last year by being the inaugural Division II winner and we're absolutely thrilled again this year to win the award. I've often said we could have gone out and hired a marketing firm to promote intercollegiate athletics at Davis and there's no way we would have achieved the success that we have by winning the Sears Directors' Cup. It's been phenomenal. Even over the past year, winning the first Cup and again this year, it's brought great notoriety to the Davis campus and it's impossible to put a price tag on winning this award.

It's allowed our campus in general to get a better understanding of intercollegiate athletics and how we run our program. It certainly helped with our constituent groups, our alumni, and it's increased overall general interest in intercollegiate athletics at UC-Davis.

I can say this with just a short story. We renovated our Hall of Fame and Recreation Hall and wanted a place to put the Sears Directors' Cup. Appropriately, it was in the middle of many of our Hall of Fame inductees and our NCAA trophies. One day, as the Hall became finished, I was standing outside looking through the window because the Sears Directors' Cup sits in the middle. Families started to congregate around the window. A father said to his kids, "Kids, come on over. There's the Sears Directors' Cup." They ran over and all looked. His wife said, "Isn't it magnificent?" Other people started to congregate around. I just stood back and said to myself, "There's nothing I could do to get this sort of publicity." As people congregated around, this young father told the story of how UC-Davis had won the Sears Directors' Cup and is recognized as the most outstanding Division II institution in the country. Again, you couldn't pay newspaper writers or marketing firms enough to get this notoriety.

It is a huge award for us. I take my hat off to John Lebbad from the Sears Company, the Board of Directors from NACDA, who had the foresight to start this type of program for intercollegiate athletics. I thank them on behalf of our students, our spirit supporters and our university administrators and I accept this award. Thank you.

Robin Roberts:

We would now like to present the Sears Directors' Cup to our Division III winner. Last year's inaugural winner in Division III was Williams College from Williamstown, Massachusetts. This year's winner accumulated 838.5 points. They have 11 top 10 finishes, including a top placing of second in women's swimming. They scored in seven women's and eight men's sports. Let's watch our winner.

Williams' AD, Bob Peck is on sabbatical this year, so here to accept the trophy for repeat winner Williams College is Gary Guerin, assistant athletics director for operations.

Gary Guerin:

Williams College is truly honored and pleased to accept the 1997 Division III Sears Directors' Cup. Just a little bit of information on Williams College. It is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, which is as far as you can go in the state. We're at the opposite end. We have 2,000 students, 31 varsity sports, 16 men and 15 women. We belong to the New England Small College Athletic Conference. It is an interesting conference, since we don't keep standings, but the philosophy of our conference is that our goal is academics.

We offer a broad-based program for participation. We have numerous dual sport athletes. Last year was a wonderful accomplishment for our institution, in the inaugural year of the Sears Directors' Cup, to win it. The feeling within the institution was that it was wonderful, maybe we'll get back there another time. It's interesting because part of our institution's philosophy is that, again, academics takes precedence and we don't compete for Sears Directors' Cup points in football. In the spring, men's and women's lacrosse, baseball or softball cannot participate in NCAA championships due to exam conflicts.

Being back here again this year is a real tribute to the hard work and dedication of all of our student-athletes and coaches at Williams College. So, on behalf of all of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, support staff and the entire Williams College community, we would like to thank Sears and NACDA for this award. Thank you very much.

Robin Roberts:

Back-to-back winners, Davis and Williams. Our next winner comes from the NAIA. Last year's winner was Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. This year's winner is the only Canadian institution in the competition. They posted 588.5 points and led the race from start to finish. They won three national titles in women's cross country, women's swimming and women's soccer. They added five more top 10 finishes and had six women's and four men's teams scoring. We'll see them in action right now.

Here to accept the trophy for our new winner, Simon Fraser University, Director of Athletics Michael Dinning.

Michael Dinning:

At its inception 32 years ago, Simon Fraser University, decided to steer a different course and participate with its intercollegiate program in the United States. Since that time, our 18 varsity sport programs have remained unique in Canada. Traveling across America for their conference and non-conference competition, is part of a distinctive student-athlete experience.

I accept this Sears Directors' Cup today on behalf of the 320 student-athletes and coaches at Simon Fraser University, who have worked so hard this past year in pursuit of this one goal. We're very proud of the excellence they have achieved in the classroom and on the playing fields. It is an honor to be included in the company of such excellent institutions as Stanford, the University of California-Davis and Williams College. Thank you to Sears and NACDA for supporting such an outstanding program that not only creates an environment where all sports have the ability to contribute, but also, will financially support a number of students on our campus to pursue graduate education through the Sears Directors' Cup and the National Championship Scholarship Program.

Thank you to the NAIA for allowing us to be a part for all of these years. Thank you to our friends and competitors in the Pacific Northwest who continue to support us in finding the competitive place to continue our unique journey. I hope you don't mind over the next day or two if I seem somewhat preoccupied and talking to myself, it's because I'm trying to figure out how I explain at Customs on the way back into Vancouver, that I have nothing to declare.

Thank you very much.

Robin Roberts:

It is my pleasure to present the fourth Division I Sears Directors' Cup. The winner of the inaugural Sears Directors' Cup was the University of North Carolina. Winning the last two years was Stanford University. The 1997 winner shattered the 1,000 barrier finishing the year with a record 1,084.5 points. They won an NCAA record six national championships in women's and men's cross country, women's and men's tennis and women's and men's volleyball. They added eight more top 10 appearances. Ten women's and nine men's teams contributed in the record scoring. Let's see them in action now.

Now, here to accept the trophy, one more time, is Stanford Cardinals Director of Athletics Ted Leland.

Ted Leland:

Well, obviously, we're absolutely thrilled to rise before you today and represent Stanford University. I want to say thanks to John and Sears and we've had a number of associates on our campus and I can't tell you what a wonderful group of people the Sears people are. They are getting behind this program just like the corporate headquarters is. We appreciate that.

I want to thank NACDA, the organization, the committee, the staff, all of those who did this. I don't know anybody who runs championships in such a first class way as the NCAA. Sometimes we criticize the NCAA for political issues and student-athlete issues, etc., but if anybody has been with athletes to an NCAA championship, I can tell you that, not only is their dream to go to the NCAA championships, but they're run in a first class manner all the way.

I represent here, of course, standing on the shoulders of 750 athletes, about 180 full time employees, coaches and staff, 4,000 donors, corporate friends, a faculty that supports us all the way, and then, countless fans. I'm absolutely thrilled to be here.

I thought it being commencement time of the year, I'd try to offer some advice, but I don't think that's appropriate, so what I thought I would do is bring you up-to-date on the Tree. It's already been mentioned. Last year, I mentioned the Tree's problem with ESPN. We made it through football season okay until the last game of the year and the Tree had a new outfit this year. At the end of the Cal game, we had a huge crowd of 75,000 at Berkeley, everybody surged the field after we won the game. I was in the press box and I watched the Tree. It got away from the Stanford crowd and got into the Cal crowd. We thought we heard a cheerleader from Cal say, "Get the Tree."

It was like watching the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Tree fell over, people started jumping on the Tree. Parts of the Tree were flying all over the place. People tried to rescue the Tree. Of course, I was standing up there as the athletics director absolutely flabbergasted, scared and getting angrier and angrier by the minute that this would happen to our poor Tree. He got up and I can see that he has no outfit left. I'm outraged. I go down there thinking this is one of the worst things I've ever seen in college athletics. I ran past my staff and said, "Did you see what they did to the Tree?" They said, "Yes, we told the dummy not to go out there and he did anyway." I got down to the bottom and he's dancing around. All he has left is this little stick that's left of his outfit. I happen to know the young man and I asked, "Chris, are you okay?" He had a cut on one eye and a little bit of a black eye. He looked at me with the biggest grin on his face and said, "Dr. Leland, Dr. Leland, I'm part of history." Hopefully, if we are lucky enough to win this award again next year, we'll keep you up-to-date on where the Tree is.

The only negative I see in the Sears Directors' Cup is that there are so many winners in college athletics. We don't have the best program in the country. We happen to have won this award and we're proud of our accomplishments, but there's so many great things going on in college athletics, so many great young people. Indeed, our winning of this trophy, and the other schools would say the same, and the athletes who are in front of you today who have combined academics and athletics and have been able to support athletic programs, all of us who work day-to-day in college athletics, know how lucky we are because all of us have so much to be proud of. Thank you very much.

Robin Roberts:

Please, another round of applause for our Sears Directors' Cup winners. I'd also like to congratulate the outstanding students you see before you for their exceptional achievements in the field of athletics and in the classroom. This is a remarkable group of young men and women. In many ways, I feel like I'm a poster child. I realize I am where I am today because I was a student-athlete at Southeastern Louisiana University.

The experiences, the failures and successes that I endured, while a student-athlete at Southeastern, molded me to where I am today. It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm now a network sportscaster. Had I chosen a profession in medicine, law, education, Indian chief, it doesn't matter. I know, because I was a student-athlete, I was better prepared for my profession. I would like to commend my alma mater, Southeastern, for the direction they are taking for keeping me involved. I would also like to commend NACDA for events like this and the NCAA for Woman of the Year. Last year, I was at Disney for an NCAA Student-Athlete Forum that was tremendous in giving the student-athletes a forum.

Lastly, to the student-athletes that are here, I'm very proud we have something in common and we have a bond. I want you to know you have put yourself in a position for good things to happen to you. It's very apparent you have made the necessary sacrifices and, hopefully, you'll see the big picture. Those are the three things that I got out of athletics, putting myself in a position, also willing to make certain sacrifices and never losing sight of the big picture.

Many of us are afraid to make mistakes and what's going to happen from this point on. Well, you now have a very strong point of reference. You can remember this banquet. You can remember your four years. When you go on from here wondering, am I going to get this job interview, wondering about your future, you now have a point of reference. If you apply those same principles that got you here to this luncheon for this award, if you apply those same intangibles, those same principles, I guarantee you that you will also be successful in whatever you hope to achieve.

I'd like to thank the NCAA and NACDA for allowing me to be here and be a part of this. I've always seen it from afar. I've done some programs on this, but to be here and experience it and to know many of these athletic directors as I do, it's very important that we keep the lines of communication open between the media, between you and between the student-athletes. I have always found and I always know that dialogue is very helpful. Keep in the direction that you're headed. I'm very proud to be a former student-athlete and I thank you for giving me the opportunity, as you have with these young people, to succeed. I wish you all continued success.

Thank you.

Barbara Hedges:

Robin, on behalf of NACDA, we want to thank you very much for being our master of ceremonies today. You did an absolutely fabulous job. It is a thrill for us to have you here.

I'd like to ask John Lebbad to come up here. John, it is through your support and the support of Sears in the Sears Directors' Cup Program, and you're the reason for its great success. It is a thrill for all of our institutions to be able to participate in the fabulous program for our student-athletes. On behalf of NACDA, we have a little memento for you.

John Lebbad:

I know I covered this before, but working on this program is very rewarding, not just for me, but every one of the associates across the country. I can't tell you how often I get E-Mails and voice mails from our associates that this program has touched and how fulfilling it is for them to be handing out trophies and scholarships to the colleges and universities across the country.

Barbara Hedges:

Just as a point of information, the Sears Directors' Cup standings for all divisions are available after the luncheon in Palace 6. I know I've reminded you before to visit the exhibits. We will do the drawing tonight. The round-trip airfare for two to London, England, our grand prize, is sponsored by International Sports, Inc., represented by Deborah Dunston.

For those of you who would like to review your very important pairings for tomorrow's golf outing sponsored by Daktronics, please stop by the golf registration booth outside the luncheon doors for complete information.

On behalf of NACDA and the Sears Corporation, thank you all and my congratulations to all of the student-athletes here today and to all of the Sears Directors' Cup winners. Thank you for being here today.