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Division III Scoring Update

Sears Presents Williams College With Sixth Sears Directors' Cup in Last Seven Years

June 18, 2002

Dallas, Texas - Williams College (Mass.) defended its title as the best athletics program in NCAA Division III competition by winning its sixth Sears Directors' Cup, the prestigious award presented annually by Sears, Roebuck and Co. and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.

The 2001-02 Sears Directors' Cup winners were announced today at the NACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas, and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III) and the NAIA -- were awarded with their Sears Directors' Cups and scholarships.

Williams College won its sixth Sears Directors' Cup in the last seven years by posting 989 points, 137 points ahead of runner-up Ithaca College (N.Y.). The Ephs' won national championships in women's rowing as well as women's and men's tennis. Five additional teams recorded top 10 finishes: women's cross country (2nd), women's outdoor track and field (3rd), women's swimming and diving (4th), women's field hockey (9th) and women's volleyball (9th) . The Ephs scored in nine women's and seven men's sports.

Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the Sears Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program. The Sears Directors' Cup is part of the Sears Collegiate Champions program which annually awards more than 2,200 conference and sport champion trophies and a quarter-of-a-million dollars in academic scholarships.

While Williams took home the Waterfordâ Crystal Sears Directors' Cup for NCAA Division III competition, the 2001-02 winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - University of California-Davis; NAIA - Oklahoma City University.

Through the Sears Directors' Cup program, Sears and NACDA annually award $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships. Five $5,000 scholarships in each division assist students who support their institution's athletics departments, including team managers, athletics trainers, band members, cheerleaders, assistant coaches, sports information assistants, facility staff and academic support personnel. For each category, four outstanding recipients are selected by a nationwide nomination process, administered by NACDA, while the fifth recipient is a student at the institution that wins the Sears Directors' Cup.

Sears and NACDA also awarded each of the second through fifth place institutions in all four divisions with Sears Directors' Cup plaques, commemorating their program's dedication to athletics greatness. This year's runner-up institutions in the NCAA Division III include: Ithaca College (N.Y.), the College of New Jersey, Middlebury College (Vt.) and Emory University (Ga.).

Of the 395* eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division III, a total of 270 (68 percent)* scored points in the Sears Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.

NACDA, now in its 37th year, serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 collegiate athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. is a broadline retailer with significant service and credit businesses. In 2001, the company's annual revenue was more than $41 billion. The company offers its wide range of apparel, home and automotive products and services to families in the U.S. through Sears stores nationwide, including approximately 870 full-line stores. Sears also offers a variety of merchandise and services through its Web site, www.sears.com.

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