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Scoring Update for the NAIA

Simon Fraser University Captures Fourth Consecutive Sears Directors' Cup

As of June 13, 2000

BURNABY, B.C. - Simon Fraser University continues its winning streak in the Sears Directors' Cup competition for the NAIA by winning its fourth consecutive Sears Directors' Cup, 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 1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup winners were announced today at the NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla., 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.

"Each year Simon Fraser's student-athletes and the athletics department strive to win the Sears Directors' Cup, the measuring stick for college athletics," said Simon Fraser Athletics Director Mike Dinning, who was on hand to accept the Canadian university's coveted award. "Through the Sears Directors' Cup program, Simon Fraser's student-athletes, coaches and support staff are rewarded for their dedication to excellence in all sports."

Simon Fraser University (SFU) won its fourth straight Sears Directors' Cup by posting 778.5 points, 152 points ahead of runner-up, Lindenwood University (Mo.). After a slow start in the fall season, opening in 18th place, SFU came on strong to defend its title, led by dual national championships in men's and women's swimming and diving. Other top 10 finishes were achieved in five women's sports and one men's sport, including women's basketball (2nd), women's indoor track and field (3rd), softball (3rd), women's cross country (4th), men's golf (4th) and women's soccer (5th). The men's wrestling (13th) and men's outdoor track and field (12th) teams rounded out the scoring finishes for SFU.

"Sears proudly supports participation and excellence in college athletics," said John Lebbad, Sears director of event marketing and sales promotion. "The Sears Directors' Cup program is pleased to once again reward Simon Fraser for its continued dedication to achieving athletics and academic success, reflected in their four consecutive wins."

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 Waterfordâ Crystal Sears Directors' Cup for NAIA competition, the winners in the other categories include: Division I - Stanford University; Division II - University of California-Davis; Division III - Williams College [Mass.].

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.

"The scholarship component of the Sears Directors' Cup program recognizes the dedicated students who support their colleges' athletics programs behind the scenes," said Lee McElroy, chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee and director of athletics at American University. "By rewarding academic and athletics success, the Sears Directors' Cup program encourages students to excel both on and off the playing fields."

Sears and NACDA also will award 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 NAIA include: Lindenwood University (Mo.), Azusa Pacific University (Calif.), University of Mary (N.D.) and Oklahoma City University.

Of the 333 eligible colleges and universities in the NAIA, a total of 234 (70 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 35th 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 nearly $40 billion. The company serves families throughout the country through approximately 860 department stores, more than 2,100 specialized retail locations, and a variety of online offerings accessible through the company's Web site, www.sears.com.

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