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Publish date: Dec 1, 2011

DII recognizes 10 schools for positive game environments

By David Pickle

Ten Division II member schools have been recognized as Game Environment Award of Excellence winners for 2010-11.

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 before its nationally televised game against Brigham Young-Hawaii.
  • 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 and harmony.
  • 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” to keep perspective about the basketball rivalry with nearby Augusta State.
  • Texas A&M-Kingsville, for events surrounding its annual fan and community appreciate day.