May 29, 2002
NACMA Postgraduate Scholarship Award Recipients Announced
Cleveland, Ohio -- The Officers of the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA) have selected the 2001-02 recipients of the NACMA Postgraduate Scholarship Awards.
The winners will each receive a $1,000 grant to be used toward postgraduate studies. Students were required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0, be full-time seniors and be planning to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration with the intention of pursuing a career in sports marketing.
This year's awards were presented to Michael Lloyd of the University at Albany; Division I; Adam Love of Washington State University, Division I; Kip Racy of Kansas State University, Division I; Eric Reed of Ithaca College, Division III; and Christine Soards of the University of Louisville, Division I.
The awards will be presented on Sunday, June 16 at the NACMA/NAADD Awards Luncheon during NACMA's 11th Annual Workshop at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
NACMA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics marketing administrators.
NACMA is administered by NACDA, which is now in its 37th year. NACDA serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II, III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.
A brief biographical sketch of each of the award recipients follows:
Michael Lloyd, University at Albany, Division I
Michael Lloyd earned a 3.28 GPA in business administration at the University at Albany. As a marketing intern for the athletics department, he assisted in special event coordination, organized the kids' fan club, served as Prize Patrol for game-day promotions and created promotional activities for Olympic sports. Lloyd also served as a student assistant coach for the women's basketball team for two seasons, where he helped teach the mental aspects of the game and assisted with scouting. He was a resident assistant for two years and recess housing manager for a year and a half, coordinating programs to enhance the academic and overall wellness of his residents. He was named to Who's Who Among American College and University Students and earned the school's Spellman Academic Achievement Award. Lloyd was a member of the American Marketing Association and a mentor for the University Leadership and Development Institute. He plans to continue his graduate studies at Albany.
Adam Love, Washington State University, Division I
Adam Love graduated from Washington State University with a 3.83 GPA in sports management and was named to the President's Honor Roll every semester. He was a two-year student assistant in the media relations department, where he served as the contact for swimming and cross country and assisted in other game-day and daily operations. He was also the weight room supervisor at the student recreation center and the student assistant in the equipment room. Love received the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Major of the Year Award in sports management and earned numerous academic scholarships. He held various offices in the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. Love was also a member of the Campus to Community Program, coached a local baseball team and assisted a local elementary basketball team.
Kip Racy, Kansas State University, Division I
A marketing major at Kansas State University, Kip Racy graduated with a 3.30 GPA. He completed a marketing and promotions internship in the athletics department at K-State, where he developed marketing strategies for the football, volleyball, baseball and men and women's basketball programs. He coordinated game-day events, worked with corporate sponsors and created advertising spots for athletics events. Racy also interned at the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation, where he assisted in numerous fund-raising projects and special events, monitored the amateur sports database, solicited corporate sponsors and aided the office manager in daily duties. On campus, Racy held various offices and positions in the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He also was involved with the Marketing Club, Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and was a K-State Telefund volunteer. Racy plans to earn his master's degree from Wichita State University while serving as a graduate assistant in the athletics department.
Eric Reed, Ithaca College, Division III
Eric Reed earned a bachelor of science degree in sports information and communications at Ithaca College. He was named to the Dean's List and posted a 3.20 GPA. Reed, an intern in the athletics marketing department at Syracuse University since 2001, planned game-day operations for men and women's basketball and lacrosse and women's softball. He produced promotional literature and mailings and conducted research projects designed to increase advertising sales, attendance and enhance corporate sponsorships. Reed also spent a semester at Cornell University as a sports information intern. He was a two-year summer youth counselor for the local county department of education and training. Reed plans a career in collegiate sports marketing after obtaining his master's degree.
Christine Soards, University of Louisville, Division I
Christine Soards earned a 3.64 GPA in sports administration at the University of Louisville. She was a special events intern for the athletics department for more than a year and helped plan and implement 17 events, including hospitality coordination for the Conference USA men and women's basketball tournaments, two Liberty Bowl championships and two football awards dinners. She worked extensively in creating and designing printed materials for all events. Soards supervised volunteers during special events and also aided the marketing department. Earning numerous academic scholarships, Soards was also a member of the Golden Key and Phi Sigma Pi honor societies. She held several offices in the U of L Sports Administration Club, including president, and attended the Georgia Southern Sport Management Conference. Soards will pursue her master's degree at Louisville.
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