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Scoring Update for the NAIA

Simon Fraser University Claims Third Consecutive Sears Directors' Cup

As of June 15, 1999

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - Simon Fraser University's remarkable run in the Sears Directors' Cup competition continues. The Canadian university claimed its third consecutive Sears Directors' Cup, the prestigious award presented annually by National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) to the best overall collegiate athletics program in the country. The 1998-99 Sears Directors' Cup winners, one awarded to the top institution in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II, and III, and the NAIA, were announced today at the NACDA Convention.

"The Sears Directors' Cup competition is truly the measuring stick for college athletics programs and rewards universities for their commitment to achieving athletics excellence," said Simon Fraser Athletics Director Mike Dinning, who was on-hand to accept his university's coveted award. "Simon Fraser's third win reflects the remarkable accomplishments and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff."

Simon Fraser University (SFU) won its third straight Sears Directors' Cup by posting 790 points, an impressive 290 points ahead of runner-up, Azusa Pacific University [Cal.]. SFU's three national championships during the 1998-99 season in women's cross country, women's softball and men's swimming and diving paved the way for the university's Sears Director's Cup win.

SFU posted runner-up placements by the women's soccer, women's basketball, women's swimming and diving and men's golf teams. Adding to the scoring were women's indoor track and field (3rd), wrestling (7th), men's cross country (10th), men's soccer (13th) and men's outdoor track and field (31th).

"Sears proudly supports participation and excellence in college athletics," said Mark Cohen, Sears executive vice president of marketing. "The Sears Directors' Cup program rewards Simon Fraser for its continued dedication to achieving athletics and academic success, reflected in the university's three consecutive wins."

Each year, the Sears Directors' Cup program, presented in partnership by Sears and NACDA, awards Waterfordâ Crystal trophies to the top athletics programs in NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA and presents a total of $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships to students in all four collegiate divisions. The Sears Directors' Cup is the only national awards and academic scholarship program to recognize all NCAA and NAIA championship sports for both women's and men's athletics.

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 Simon Fraser took home the Sears Directors' Cup for NAIA competition, the winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - Adams State College [Col.]; Division III - Williams College [Mass.].

Every year, Sears and NACDA award $100,000 in postgraduate academic scholarships, five $5,000 scholarships in each division, to assist students who support their institution's athletics departments. This includes managers, 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.

"The scholarship component of the Sears Directors' Cup program, like the trophy component, aims to recognize and reward the best in the nation," said Lee McElroy, chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee and director of athletics at American University. "The distinguished scholarship winners represent the outstanding group of students who support their institutions both athletically and academically."

This year, Sears and NACDA will award each of the top five 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 NAIA include: Azusa Pacific [Cal.], Life [Ga.], Lindenwood [Mo.] and Oklahoma City.

Of the 334 eligible colleges and universities in the NAIA, a total of 234 (72 percent) scored points in the Sears Directors' Cup competition. Complete final rankings on all of these institutions are available on NACDA's home page at www.nacda.com.

NACDA, now in its 34th 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 leading U.S. retailer of apparel, home and automotive products and services, with annual revenue of more than $41 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through 850 full-line department stores and more than 2,100 specialized retail locations nationwide. More information about the company is available on Sears Web site, www.sears.com.

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