All NACDA Members
NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon
(Tuesday, June 16, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
Welcome to the 1998 NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon. It is my pleasure to introduce Art Eason, the director of athletics at William Paterson College and NACDA's secretary, to give the invocation. After the invocation, enjoy your meal.
Father, once again, we come to Thee in prayer, knowing that we have fallen short in Thy sight. We ask that Thou will continue to bless and guide us. We thank You for the award winners that we are honoring today. May they continue to be worthy and move forward. We ask Thee to bless this food that has been prepared for the nourishment of our bodies as Thou has nourished our souls. These things we ask Thee in Jesus' name. Amen.
Ladies and gentlemen, to begin today's program, I would like to introduce the people on the dais who are not speaking today. Please hold your applause to the end. On the upper dais, to my right and your left is our executive director, Mike Cleary. Beside him are our current Officers, Fred Gruninger, recently retired AD, Rutgers University, who is completing his term as NACDA's 1st Vice President; Jim Livengood, AD at the University of Arizona and NACDA's 2nd vice president; Dave Hart, Jr., AD at Florida State University and NACDA's 3rd vice president; and Art Eason, AD at William Paterson College and NACDA's secretary. Beside him is Joe Arace, college sports editor at USA Today, our media partner in the Sears Directors' Cup program. Although he will be speaking later, I would like to introduce John Costello, senior vice president of marketing for Sears, Roebuck and Company and sponsor of today's luncheon.
On the lower dais, to my right and your left are our past presidents. I would like to have each person stand as your name is called and please hold all applause to the end. We have Bob Bronzan, president in 1967-68 while at San Jose State University; Fred Miller, president in 1978?79 while at Arizona State University; John Toner, president in 1980?81 while at the University of Connecticut; Mike Lude, president in 1981?82 while at the University of Washington; Carl Miller, president in 1987-88 while at the University of the Pacific; Jack Lengyel, AD at the U.S. Naval Academy, president in 1989?90; Bill Byrne, AD at the University of Nebraska and president in 1991-92; Jim Jones, president in 1992-93 while at Ohio State University; John Swofford, president in 1993-94 while at the University of North Carolina. He's now the commissioner of the ACC; and Barbara Hedges, AD at the University of Washington and our immediate past president.
Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big round of applause for these outstanding men and women who have provided so much leadership to our Association and to intercollegiate athletics.
Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for our past presidents and current Officers and our sponsor. Thank you.
Serving as our master of ceremonies today is Dan Fouts of ABC Sports. Dan, an NFL Hall of Famer and former all?Pro quarterback with the San Diego Chargers, joined ABC Sports as a college football analyst in the summer of 1997. He works in the ABC broadcast booth with play?by?play announcer Brent Musberger.
Drafted by San Diego, Dan spent his entire NFL career with the Chargers. He earned numerous honors and awards in his illustrious career. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993 during his first year of eligibility. In 1997, he was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. He earned NFL and AFC Player of the Year honors in 1982 and was the AFC's Most Valuable Player in 1982. Dan was selected to the Pro Bowl six times and was co?MVP in 1983. He set eight NFL records and 42 club records.
Ladies and gentlemen, Dan Fouts.
Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. Thank you Coach Dooley. Please bear with me. When I was playing for the San Diego Chargers, we had a coach by the name of Tommy Prothro. I'm sure a lot of people remember Tommy and even coached or competed against his teams while he was at UCLA or Oregon State. We're playing some team and I was early into my career. I threw an interception. Nobody's more embarrassed for throwing an interception than the guy who threw it, or maybe the coach who put the guy in the game to throw. Anyway, the coach says, "Fouts, come over here, boy." I'm mad and thought, "What a stupid interception." I threw it to a guy named Ted Hendricks. The coach asks, "What happened?" I said, "Coach, I didn't see him." He said, "Didn't see him? He's six foot seven. What, are you blind?" "Yes, Coach, I am."
We are pleased to honor our four NACDA Foundation Football Scholar?Athletes. The NACDA Foundation, along with the people from the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics, annually sponsors 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 letter winner who has completed his eligibility and has carried at least a 3.00 grade point average.
Bios of all of the scholarship recipients we are recognizing today are in your program. However, we will only be announcing those who could be with us today.
Our first recipient is Ben McCormick, a quarterback from the University of Wisconsin, which placed 34th in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Ben earned a 3.29 GPA in secondary education.
Notice, we started with the quarterback.
Our next recipient, well, he's a linebacker. He's from Northwestern University, Jason Ross. Jason earned a 3.50 in materials science and engineering.
We are now pleased to present you with the 1997?98 NACDA Preseason Games Scholar?Athlete Award winners. Through this year, $450,000 has been awarded in postgraduate scholarships. This year, 353 nominations were received. Through the outstanding work of the Review Committee and Blue Ribbon Committee, we have arrived at our 10 winners. Each recipient was required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and have earned all?Conference or all?American honors in their sport. 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 Peggy Boutilier, a lacrosse player for the University of Virginia, which placed 13th in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Peggy earned a 3.60 GPA in sociology and elementary education.
Next is David Ciesla, a baseball player from Arkansas Tech University. David, who just signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, posted a 3.97 GPA as a double major in biology/ pre?medicine and chemistry. The Phillies are going to have to pay out of their wallet to get him.
Jennifer Erdos is a swimmer from Allegheny College which placed 40th in the Division III Sears Directors' Cup standings. Jennifer recorded a 3.98 GPA as a biochemistry major.
A football player from Dartmouth College, which placed 43rd in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings, Dominic Lanza is our next recipient. Dominic posted a 3.87 in government.
Our next recipient is Jeremy Lindley, a football player from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jeremy earned a 3.95 in human performance/exercise science.
Our final recipient is Janelle Tranquillo of Ball State University. Janelle earned a perfect 4.00 in finance.
Let's have a big round of applause for these fine student?athletes.
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.
Thank you Dan. 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 third year in which all levels of four?year intercollegiate athletics programs have been included in the Sears Directors' Cup program. In addition to honoring our winners, this year, we are presenting plaques to those institutions that finished in second through fifth places. We are proud of the excellence of all of these institutions. 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, facility staff, sports information assistants, team managers and trainers.
There are four at?large scholarships per division and one to a student at the institution that 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, more than $725,000 in postgraduate scholarships have been awarded. Now, to explain Sears' involvement in the program, we have John Costello, senior executive vice president of Sears, Roebuck and Co. John.
Good afternoon. Of the many activities I've been fortunate enough to be involved with over the years, this is the one that pleases me the most from both a corporate and a personal standpoint. It really is an honor to be here representing Sears and a program we are extremely proud to be a part of. It's a program that really recognizes participation and celebrates achievement. In my own athletics career, I got to see both sides of those. I was recognizing participation with a promising baseball career until I realized that curve balls were not an optical illusion. No matter how good my fielding was, if I couldn't hit curve balls, it was time to move from on the bench to behind the bench to helping out. I saw there really is a benefit and a real opportunity for athletics to enrich the experience.
We all know and we read it in the newspapers that these are challenging times. There's more distractions coming from more areas than ever before. There's more uncertainty about the future. There're more choices we're all confronted with. I found, personally, in talking with a number of you, that athletics can be a way to help all of our young people like it helped many of us prepare for the future. It enhances personal growth. It teaches teamwork. It helps with humility. Its helps all individuals.
We were talking a little earlier about preparing for a game. If you do everything right, everything the coach tells you, you still only have a 50-50 chance of winning. You'll learn something from winning, but you also learn something from not winning. Those lessons really go far beyond the college experience. We wanted to find a way to recognize the folks who are on the firing line, athletics directors who are responsible for the programs and student-athletes who devote so much of their time to make the programs really come alive, through programs like Collegiate Champions and even at the pro level, Sears is a founding sponsor of WNBA. We wanted to find a way to recognize both women and men's sports, to provide something in the case of Sears Collegiate Champions that provides both trophies and scholarship programs, that recognizes both athletics excellence as well as the excellence in supporting the athletes and, also, recognize large universities, small universities, all sports, men and women's sports equally.
One of the things that makes me most proud of Collegiate Champions is we're here clearly recognizing the best of the best. Throughout the course of the year, we'll present more than 2,200 conference and sports championships as well as award one-quarter million dollars in scholarships. One of the things that gratifies us is the opportunity to provide what small support we can, as deeply as we can. For us, it's simply another way of saying thank you for your support, in a way for us to tie to the communities and colleges and universities that have been so important to us more than 107 years.
Sports, whether on the local playing field or on television, it's clear there's a drama in sports, whether it's the Final Four Women's Championship, watching the drama of the Tennessee Vols, down to the lacrosse championships at the regional level to baseball and all sports throughout the country. There's no excitement that compares to the drama of participation and at the end of the day, the growth that comes from that.
It's for that reason that I have to tell you that, while it's nice to receive the thanks for sponsoring the luncheon here today, I want to say more than anything else, thank you. Thank you for letting us be a part of this. Thank you for letting us share some of the excitement and growth you've provided. Later this fall, we're going to travel to the Sears Directors' Cup winners and help them with presentations on their campuses. We also are going to recognize a broad range of other programs including the runners-up in each division. I'd like to thank NACDA for letting us be part of this. I'd like to thank USA Today for being such a valuable partner to help us bring the message. In fact, you'll see in tomorrow's USA Today a full-page ad congratulating this year's Directors' Cup winners.
There's an old quote that talks about competing in the athletics arena. It is, "When all is said and done, more is said than done." If you think about it, it's right. There's a lot of talking and sometimes less doing. The athletics directors and student-athletes, those on the playing field, working behind the scenes, really demonstrate that you're not just talkers, but do-ers. In conclusion, congratulations to all of the winners. Congratulations to all of the participants and thanks, again, for letting Sears be a part of this.
Thank you John. You may not realize this, but Sears has a new ad campaign coming out and I am the softer side of Sears.
Let's begin with the Sears Directors' Cup scholarships for the NCAA Division II. Our first scholarship recipient is Paul Diaz, an athletics trainer at California State Polytechnic University?Pomona, which placed 28th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Paul posted a 3.37 GPA with a double major in kinesiology and athletics training. Paul.
Our next recipient is Lisa Gallion, an athletics trainer at Ashland University in Ohio, which placed 22nd in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Lisa posted a 3.69 GPA with a double major in sports medicine and recreation administration.
Our final winner is Lesley Milam, an athletics trainer at Texas Woman's University. Lesley earned a 3.79 GPA in kinesiology.
Being a broken down football player, I really appreciate trainers. I could use a back adjustment. Can you help me?
Moving to Division III, our first scholarship recipient is Steven Blasi, an athletics trainer at York College in Pennsylvania. Steven posted a GPA of 3.84 in biology/pre?medicine.
Our second winner is James Coile, a sports information assistant from Methodist College in North Carolina, which placed 21st in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. James earned a GPA of 3.90 in political science.
Our next recipient is Kerri Stellato, an athletics trainer from the University of Chicago, which placed 66th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Kerri posted a GPA of 3.60 in biology.
Our final at?large recipient is Andrew Wetzel, another athletics trainer. Andrew is from Muskingum College in Ohio. Andrew posted a GPA of 3.92 in biology.
I am pleased to introduce to you our NAIA scholarship recipients. Our first recipient is Jennifer Amborn, an athletics trainer from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Jennifer earned a GPA of 3.97 in athletics training/physical health.
Our next recipient is James Han, an athletics trainer from Texas Lutheran University, which placed 56th in the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup standings. James posted a GPA of 3.40 in biology.
Michael Lynch is from Baker University in Kansas. Michael earned a 3.92 GPA in economics.
Our final recipient is Sara McLain, a team manager from St. Edward's University in Texas. Sara earned a GPA of 3.71 in communications.
Our last set of recipients comes from Division I. Our first scholarship award is for Melissa Jakeman, an academic tutor at Auburn University, which placed 25th in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Melissa posted a perfect GPA of 4.00 in communications. Melissa, take it from me, you don't need a 4.00 to be in communications.
Our next recipient is Hally Rector, who was a cheerleader at Oklahoma State University, which finished 24th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Hally earned a GPA of 3.78 in marketing.
Our third recipient is Stacy Romoser, an athletics trainer at Indiana State University. Stacy earned a 3.99 GPA in athletics training.
Our final recipient is Catherine Wellman, an administrative assistant in the University of Nebraska's athletics department, which placed 9th in the standings. Catherine earned a perfect 4.00 GPA in history.
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a big round of applause for our 1998 Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners.
It is now my pleasure to introduce the winners of the 1997-98 Sears Directors' Cup Trophies and the top five institutions in each division. Not all of the institutions that achieved these results were able to have representatives in attendance at this luncheon. However, we will recognize all of them.
If our Division II representatives could join us on the dais. Finishing in fifth place is Florida Southern University with 320 points. Tied for third place with 330 points is Abilene Christian University from Texas and Barry University from Florida. Representing Barry is Director of Athletics Mike Covone. The Division II runner up for the Sears Directors' Cup is last year's winner, the University of California-Davis with 440 points. Representing the Aggies is Associate Athletics Director Larry Swanson.
Congratulations to all of you for your outstanding seasons.
This is the third year for Division II and winning the last two years was the University of California-Davis. This year's recipient scored 530 points and won two national titles, in men's soccer and men's swimming. They added five additional top 10 finishes and scored in five women's and six men's sports. Let's watch some highlights from our 1998 winner. (Video plays). And now, here to accept the trophy for the new winner in Division II, California State University-Bakersfield, is Director of Athletics Rudy Carvajal.
First of all, I'd like to thank NACDA and Sears for making the Sears Directors' Cup and today's presentation possible. The Sears Directors' Cup is really the ultimate achievement for any university's athletics program. I guess, in short, it's something very special.
Yesterday's featured speaker, Dan Hicks, spoke on the importance of special moments in watching young people reach their dreams. This has been an incredible year of special moments and watching young people reach their dreams. It's been an outstanding year of athletics accomplishments for our university in cumulating, now with the prestigious Sears Directors' Cup. We are extremely proud of the dedication and efforts of every team and every student-athlete at California State University-Bakersfield.
During the course of the year, there were many powerful and special moments, including quadruple overtime wins, come from behind wins in swimming and contributions by nearly every other sport. There are many occasions and special moments of great support by one team and one group of student-athletes for another, along with terrific community and staff support. The interest and enthusiasm became intense as the national standings were reported by NACDA. The possibility of winning the Sears Directors' Cup soon became an exciting goal that was shared by
all of our coaches, student-athletes and staff. It was really a team effort and a total department effort.
Two weeks ago, we held our All-Sports Banquet and it was neat. It was a great opportunity to share this year's special moments with all of our university and community constituents. At the banquet, I tried to find a word that would describe and characterize our athletics year. I quickly came to the conclusion that the word had to be "special." Today, for me, this is a very special moment. On behalf of the university, my university and the entire community of Bakersfield, I want to thank you for the 1998 Sears Directors' Cup Award. Thank you.
Congratulations Rudy and Cal State-Bakersfield. We would now ask our Division III runners-up to come to the stage. Finishing tied for fourth place with 430 points is Middlebury College of Vermont and two-time defending champion Williams College of Massachusetts. Here for Williams is Gary Guerin, assistant athletics director. Tied for second place with 460 points is Cortland State University in New York and the College of New Jersey. Lee Roberts is the athletics director at Cortland State, while Kevin McHugh is the AD at New Jersey.
Congratulations to all.
Now, to present the Sears Directors' Cup to our Division III winner. Winning the first two years was Williams College from Williamstown, Massachusetts. This year's winner is another newcomer who, in a very tight race, accumulated 490 points. They also won two national titles, in women's soccer and women's volleyball. Additionally, they placed in the top 10 five more times. They scored in seven women's and six men's sports. Let's watch our winners (Video plays). Here to accept the trophy for the University of California-San Diego is Director of Athletics Judy Sweet.
Thank you very much. It's a special treat for me to be introduced by Dan Fouts since Dan represents the standard of excellence San Diego has enjoyed. I'd like to express thanks to Sears, NACDA and USA Today for their vision, sponsorship and support that led to the development and enhancement of the Sears Directors' Cup. It truly is an honor to accept this award on behalf of the UC San Diego family, our 23 intercollegiate teams, 500 student-athletes, support staff and administration, not to forget the coaches. For our campus, this award reaffirms the value of commitment to academics and athletics.
The Sears Directors' Cup is a unique and special program that represents several important qualities associated with higher education in intercollegiate athletics. Three of these qualities are commitment, teamwork and excellence. Commitment, that of Sears, NACDA and USA Today, is obvious by the growth of this program. Commitment by our student-athletes and coaches to set goals, work hard and be the best that they can be. Teamwork. NACDA and Sears working with universities to develop a meaningful recognition program. Teamwork. University teams working hard to be successful, not just for themselves, but to contribute to the athletics department's overall success. Excellence. The spectacular trophy is symbolic of what happens with careful design and skillful craftsmanship, the whole makes us aware of the fragileness of that which we create. The importance of doing things right and insuring that quality is preserved.
The University of California-San Diego is sincerely pleased to be among the 20 universities being honored today by the Sears Directors' Cup. Thank you very much.
Congratulations Judy and UCSD. Our next set of winners comes from the NAIA. Unfortunately, none of the NAIA representative could be with us today. However, finishing in fifth place is the University of Puget Sound from Washington with 380 points. In fourth place with 390 points is Oklahoma City University. In third place with 420 points is the University of Findlay in Ohio, while the runner up in the NAIA for the Sears Directors' Cup is the University of Mobile in Alabama with 530 points. Even though they cannot be with us, our heartfelt congratulations go out to them for their outstanding success.
The inaugural winner in the NAIA was Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, while last year's winner was the only Canadian institution in the competition, Simon Fraser University. This year's winner posted 740 points. They won three national titles, in women's cross country, women's indoor track and field and men's swimming and diving. They scored in six women's and four men's sports. Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.) Here to once again accept the trophy for Simon Fraser University, is Director of Athletics Michael Dinning.
I'm often asked why Simon Fraser University participates with its intercollegiate program in the United States. I'm sure that what began as a decision initially based on geography, finances and a new university trying to do something different, has developed into a deep-rooted commitment to a unique educational and competitive experience for our student-athletes. It has been proposed that the greatest distance between people is not space, but culture. It is both literally and figuratively a long way between Mobile, Alabama; Jackson, Tennessee; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Lewiston, Idaho; Ellensburg, Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Maybe every time our athletes make those trips or hosts these teams on our campus that distance becomes just a little bit smaller.
It is an honor to accept the Sears Directors' Cup on behalf of our student-athletes and coaches. Congratulations to the other winners in the west coast sweep. It is a privilege to share the dais with you. Thank you to the NAIA and Steve Baker for their tremendous support and for allowing us to be a part of this for the last 33 years. Also, thank you to NACDA and Sears for supporting such an outstanding program that has meant so much to our institution and to the success we try to promote, both athletically and in the classroom.
Finally, a special thank you to Sears for the tremendous scholarship program, which, in the past two years, has brought more than $17,000 onto our campus in graduate education. The winner last year of our award is pursuing a medical degree and our nominee for this year's major award is also pursuing a medical degree. It means a great deal to these people.
I'm truly honored
Congratulations Simon Fraser and Michael. And finally, we would like our Division I representatives to join us. Finishing in fifth place is the University of Michigan with 620 points and their Executive Associate Athletics Director, Fritz Seyferth. In fourth place with 630 points is UCLA and Senior Associate Athletics Director Betsy Stephenson. We had a tie for our runner-up position. Sharing second place honors with 660 points is the University of Florida, with Athletics Director Jeremy Foley, and the inaugural champion, the University of North Carolina and Athletics Director Richard Baddour. Congratulations to all of you for an outstanding race.
It is now my pleasure to present the fifth Division I Sears Directors' Cup. The winner of the inaugural Division I Sears Directors' Cup was the University of North Carolina. Winning the last three years was Stanford University. The 1998 winner accumulated 1,010 points. They won five national titles in men's cross country, women's volleyball, men's tennis and women's and men's swimming and diving. In addition to the five titles, they had another seven teams finish in the top 10. Ten women's and eight men's teams contributed in the scoring. Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.) And now, here to accept the trophy one more time for the Stanford Cardinal is director of athletics Ted Leland.
First of all, I'd like to congratulate all of the scholarship winners and all of the other schools involved in the competition who received their trophies earlier today. It's a great profession to be part of. I also want to tell you how thrilled I am to be here representing Stanford University. I think some of my colleagues are just as thrilled as I am because they think if a guy as dingy as me, they can do this themselves someday. That was a joke.
I noticed that the Tree was on here. Someone asked me to update them on the Tree. It had a good year. The scuffle of the security guards and the letter from the NCAA weren't big deals to us. The band did outdo themselves with the Notre Dame halftime show. Many people have commented on my tie. It's one of the "Save the Children" tie. My wife asked me to wear it whenever I'm around Notre Dame people so they won't get too mad at me.
Rudy talked about special moments and I think this is a special moment for me and for Stanford. I think you saw many more special moments for Stanford and Stanford student-athletes on the reel. I'll take a little bit different tactic. We, in athletics administration, are really in a service orientation. Twenty percent of my job is to control the activities of the athletics department, but I'd like to spend 80 percent of my time trying to make things better to provide opportunities.
One of the great thrills I'll take from Stanford this year was to follow the Pac-10 track and field championships. This year, Stanford built a new track facility and we were hosting this prestigious event for the first time. Quite honestly, our administrative staff worked really hard to make the championships the best they possibly could. About 300 athletes were competing over a four-day period. Lots and lots of people worked very hard. It was a great meet. It ran off on time. The students seemed to be excited about it and I was feeling pretty good about doing my job. At the end, the University of Washington athlete, Juan Howard, came up to our coach. He is a two-time Pac-10 champion. This is freshman athlete at the University of Washington who had a terrible fall and lost his girlfriend to death, but a wonderful young man. On his own, he walked up to our coach and said, "Tell the people at Stanford that you people ran a great meet. I really appreciated being here." To me, although winning is part of this, providing those kinds of services, are the special moments I'll remember.
That's our job, to provide services. I want to compliment NACDA and all of you who are in administration for the work you do to provide these kinds of special opportunities. There's something special about being young. There's something special about being in college and there's something special about going for the brass ring. For all of us in the room who work hard to provide these students and so many thousands of others, I want to say congratulations to all of you. We're all winners in this room. I may be accepting this trophy on behalf of dozens of coaches and hundreds of student-athletes and I'm proud to do that, but the real thrill comes being part of a wonderful profession and providing opportunities for student-athletes. Thanks again to everybody here. Thanks to Sears. They were given an award earlier this week for being a corporate sponsor in college athletics. I think they deserve that. More than $750,000 in scholarships were given to deserving students and student-athletes have come from the Sears Directors' Cup program. We're pleased to receive this trophy, but just pleased to be here.
Let's give a round of applause to our four 1998 Sears Directors' Cup winners -- Stanford, Cal State-Bakersfield, California-San Diego and Simon Fraser.
I would also like to congratulate the outstanding students you see before you today for their exceptional achievements in the field of athletics and in the classroom. This is a remarkable group of young men and women. Believe it or not, they are the future. Twenty years from now, we'll all be working for them, except a few of you. I want to challenge you past presidents, all of the people at NACDA, all athletics directors, all administrators to get them and what they represent involved in this. Why can't one of them be up here doing this? They're qualified, they're smart. Hell, they're smarting than I am. They're smarter than you are. They're younger. They have the ideas for the future. They are the future. When's the last time any of us came up with a bright idea. If you ask them the last time they came up with a bright idea, it was probably yesterday. Right?
The challenge is to get them involved in any way you can. Bring them back in five years and have them address the students that are in their place in five years. Find out what's on their minds because they know what's happening at that level. We don't. We have no idea. If you have teenage children, you know what I mean. They have a different type of communication and a different type of thinking. It is the way we will be communicating and we will be thinking in 20 years from now. If NACDA is going to continue to grow, you need these people and what they represent as part of you. If you want to grow, grow with them. They can help. They're a tremendous source.
Don't give up on the older folks, either. The guys and ladies that have been there and done that. Think about, I've been there and done that. That's experience and that's the challenge to you to use them and their experience. There's not one person out here that hasn't experienced something that you will experience. Figure that out. In five years from now, you're going to have a problem. Some of these people had that problem 20 years ago. See what I mean? Work with them. Use them. We'll all be a little bit better and NACDA will continue to grow and be this outstanding Association that I'm tickled to have been a part of today. It's not often that you get to be a part of something that's so positive.
Sears has been a tremendous contribution. You don't think that the money is a big deal, but raising money today, fund raising, is a tough thing to do. Things are more expensive. So, my congratulations to Sears for their commitment. Congratulations, again, to you folks over here and you folks over here. Thanks for having me. Good luck next year.
Thank you Dan. You did a terrific job and a great two-way challenge. Please accept this memento on behalf of NACDA for serving as our master of ceremonies.
John Costello, if you could return. It's through your support and the support of Sears that the Sears Directors' Cup Program has become such a success. We appreciate all of Sears' effort on behalf of NACDA and the Sears Directors' Cup Program. To show our appreciation, we would like to give you this memento.
I would like to ask Elaine Dreidame to the podium. Elaine, you have given NACDA and Sears four outstanding years of leadership as chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee. To show you our appreciation, we have this award for you. Congratulations on your part in the growth and success of the Sears Directors' Cup program.
Just a quick reminder to browse the Exhibit Hall and drop your business cards in the boxes at each exhibitor's booth. The grand prize, compliments of International Sport, Inc., will be drawn at the Business Session tomorrow morning. Thirdly, those of you who do not have other obligations this afternoon or commitments with programs, there is a cocktail reception that starts at 3:00 p.m. by the Outback Trophy Suites, which is on the Voyager Lawn. Please go by there.
Thank you very much. We stand adjourned.