"This award goes to recognize not just the outstanding efforts of the Athletics Department this past year, but for their many years of outstanding student service," said 2009-10 Student Body President Jim Ceresnak. "University Athletics consistently looks for ways to make the athletics experience the best it can be. Their work has had a tremendous impact, and is greatly appreciated by students year after year."
Some of the areas cited by Student Government were the department's efforts to improve student seating locations, ticket procedures, sportsmanship, facilities, and assist in numerous student-led fund-raising efforts.
Here's a look at some of those initiatives:
Student seating locations- Almost 2,000 seats at Carter-Finley were moved to the lower level to improve student seating areas and access to those areas.
Ticket procedures - Students are awarded tickets based on attendance points. Athletics added an early arrival bonus point to the system giving students even more control over their account and improving home-court advantage for the teams.
Sportsmanship - The WITH Sportsmanship Initiative continued to grow this year and partner with student leaders to spread the message of good sportsmanship and solicit on-campus volunteers for the Partners Program (designed to greet fans and solicit designated driver at home football games)
Facilities - Athletics continues to invest significantly in capital campaigns to on-campus facilities, improving venues for the student-athletes as well as student supporters.
Student-led fund-raising efforts - HOWL for Haiti donation collection at a men's basketball game, a portion of student guest ticket proceeds were donated to the Save the Bell Tower Campaign, giving Athletics the largest contribution to that effort. Athletics donated land adjacent to Reynolds Coliseum to help facilitate the student-led Coach's Corner memorial (in honor of Coach Kay Yow).