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January 11, 2001

NABC to Provide Funding for NACDA's John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards

CLEVELAND -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has secured the support of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) in providing funding for the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards.

The NABC will contribute $10,000 a year for five years, a total of $50,000, to the program. The NABC joins the team of adidas America, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Eddie Robinson Foundation, Host Communications, Mellon Private Asset Management, National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sears, Roebuck and Co.

The awards are presented to minority senior students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. Each of the five annual recipients receives a $10,000 grant. The program is administered by the NACDA Foundation. NACDA initiated the program with funding of $250,000 from proceeds from the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics.

"The NABC is very pleased to be able to contribute to this important scholarship fund named after our late friend and colleague, John McLendon," says Jim Haney, NABC executive director. "John was a trailblazer in the sport of college basketball and a beloved member of the NABC. The NABC Board of Directors believes this contribution demonstrates the NABC's commitment to work towards greater diversity within college athletic departments."

Located in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary University of Kansas basketball coach. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as "Guardians of the Game." The NABC has close to 5,000 members, consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. Associate memberships also are afforded to athletics directors, conference commissioners, faculty, officials and high school coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletics lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership can be found at www.NABC.com.

Scholarship recipients for 2000-01 will receive their awards at the NACDA Convention, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Little and Grand America Hotels, June 10-13, 2001.

Among the criteria is full-time status as a senior at the time of nomination; minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale); official classification as a minority as defined by federal guidelines; intention to attend graduate school to earn a degree in athletics administration; and involvement on the college/university or community level.

Top administrators in the field of athletics vote upon the finalists, while a panel of leaders in the fields of business, sports, entertainment and politics selects the overall winners.

"We are pleased the National Association of Basketball Coaches has joined us in providing funding for the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards," says NACDA President Deborah Yow, director of athletics at the University of Maryland. "This is a program that will be beneficial to the NABC and all facets of intercollegiate athletics."

The scholarship is named for John McLendon, who is the person responsible for the integration of college basketball. He was the first Black coach hired by a predominately White institution when he was selected as the basketball coach at Cleveland State University in 1966. Throughout the years, he has served as the head basketball coach at North Carolina Central College (1940-52), Hampton Institute (1952-54), Tennessee State University (1954-59), Kentucky State University (1963-66) and Cleveland State University (1966-69).

As successful McLendon has been as a coach, his administrative responsibilities have been equally as impressive. It was his service on the National Athletic Steering Committee, which McLendon founded in 1949, which had a large impact on the integration of basketball, and eventually, all sports. While serving as the basketball coach at North Carolina Central, McLendon was also the athletics director, a post he held for 12 years. At Hampton, he had additional positions as the assistant director of athletics and physical education. At Tennessee State, McLendon was appointed director of basketball operations from 1954-59 and director of the department of health, physical education, recreation and athletics from 1962-63. McLendon passed away in 1999.

The NACDA Foundation, founded in 1982, sponsors internship opportunities for aspiring athletics administrators at NACDA's national office and administers the distribution of NACDA's scholarship programs. It also provides educational opportunities for NACDA members through a variety of workshops, clinics and seminars. Since 1982, the Foundation has awarded close to $9.0 million in scholarships. Funding for the Foundation comes from the Kickoff Classic and Pigskin Classic, whose proceeds also help fund the National Football Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association. These two games annually generate close to $500,000 in scholarships.