– Javelina Athletics
December 2, 2011
KINGSVILLE, TEXAS – The Texas A&M-Kingsville athletic department was recognized as one of ten NCAA Division II member schools recognized as Game Environment Award of Excellence winners for 2010-11. This is the second straight year the Javelinas have won the award.
“This is an award for the entire Kingsville community,” said A&M-Kingsville athletic director Kenneth Oliver. “We could not accomplish all the things we have been able to without their support.”
Each winner will be provided with a $500 award. In addition, a national winner will be recognized at the 2012 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.
The Game Environment Award of Excellence recognizes athletics programs that have displayed a special commitment to creating competition environments that stress civility, cater to the comfort of fans and participants, and are exciting.
The 2010-11 winners are:
Chowan, for a “Pink Zone” women’s basketball game against Lincoln (Pa.) to highlight breast-cancer awareness.
Concordia-St. Paul, for coordinating the school’s efforts with Make-A-Wish with the homecoming football game.
Drury, for its “Fanthers” program that provided means for positive student support at Panther athletics events.
Grand Canyon, for building fan excitement
Holy Family, for its volleyball-based “Dig for a Cure” night to promote breast-cancer awareness.
New Haven, for its Harmony Classic. The school used the game against the Lincoln (Pa.), a historically black institution, as the centerpiece of a weekend celebrating racial diversity
Mount Olive, for its annual “Church Night.” Fans from local churches gained admission to the basketball doubleheader against Lees-McRae for $1 and then participated in various game-related events, some of which raised money for Make-A-Wish.
Saint Leo, for its ROARwards Club program that offers community incentives for attending Saint Leo athletics events.
South Carolina Aiken, for its part in developing a “mascot summit
Texas A&M-Kingsville, for events surrounding its annual fan and community appreciation d