Parsons to Accept Capital One Cup at ESPYs

The Gators will receive the first Capital One Cup Wednesday night during the ESPYs. Florida will send 2010-2011 SEC Basketball Player of the Year Chandler Parsons to accept on behalf of the men's athletics program. The Gators will also receive a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete graduate-level scholarships.

Singer and actor Justin Timberlake will present the Capital One Cup trophy to Florida and Stanford, who won the women's portion of it.

The Gators were in sixth-place before the NCAA Men's College World Series, where Florida advanced to the championship series and finished second in the Top 25 coaches' baseball poll. This secured the points to claim an overall first-place finish with 93 points, topping Virginia's 82 points. Auburn, Texas A&M and Stanford finished out the top five.

"On behalf of the university, our students athletes and our fans, we are honored to accept the inaugural Capital One Cup trophy and $200,000 scholarship," University of Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley said. "Our goal is to strive for overall athletic success, and we're extremely proud of our men's program winning the Capital One Cup and our women's program for placing fourth. Thank you to Capital One and its affiliated companies for their support of intercollegiate athletics."

The men finished the spring season with top-ten finishes in outdoor track and field, tennis and baseball. Basketball and swimming and diving were top ten before the spring, while indoor track and field won a national championship.

"We'd like to congratulate the University of Florida for winning the inaugural men's Capital One Cup," said Capital One Chief Marketing Officer Bill McDonald. "It was exciting to see so many programs, including schools like Eastern Washington, stay in contention for the trophy throughout the year. The Gators' performance at the CWS and at multiple other NCAA Division 1 championships, including their national championship at the indoor track and field championship, proves that every game, match and meet counts."


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