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REPRESENT

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Last Thursday, all 16 West Coast Conference men's and women's basketball teams celebrated "REPRESENT" day as part of the conference-wide initiative to promote good sportsmanship.

"Represent," a campaign initially launched by our very own WCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Sportsmanship Task Force, challenges everyone---student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans---to proudly REPRESENT themselves by engaging in positive, respectful behavior and elevating and celebrating performance through expressions of support, rather than negative behavior.

What a marvel it has been to see this SAAC initiative come to life. From the minds of our 16 dedicated SAAC students to the openness of our WCC Sportsmanship Task Force, every bit of this campaign proved our Conference's commitment to good causes. It's one thing to claim to promote good sportsmanship. It's another to put it in action.

And last Thursday, in every gym throughout the West Coast Conference, our student-athletes promoted good sportsmanship by example, wearing their official "REPRESENT" shirts, and reading the official WCC sportsmanship PA before the game. Other schools played the WCC Sportsmanship spot on campus video boards while it aired on various nationally-televised broadcasts.

That night is what these campaigns are all about. It's about coming together, and showing why WE ARE THE WCC...

And it doesn't stop here. "REPRESENT" events will continue take place on all eight campuses and during future WCC Championship events. Every year, the WCC will also recognize one institution, one male student-athlete, and one female student-athlete who best exemplify good sportsmanship through the annual WCC sportsmanship award.

Every day is opportunity for every member of the WCC to REPRESENT...represent the conference, their school, their team, and their selves.

Stef Ordoveza
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

Questions for the Commish?

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If you want to know what's on the mind of West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, you can follow him on Twitter (@WCC_Commish).  Tonight, however, you can listen to him on WCC Live, and e-mail in questions to be asked of him on-air.  More on that in a moment, but first...

 

Don't miss an all-new episode of The Road to Las Vegas, now available on-demand on WCCsports.com.  Each week, The Road to Las Vegas will introduce you to West Coast Conference student-athletes both on-and-off the court as they race towards the 2011 Zappos.com West Coast Conference Basketball Championships at the Orleans Arena in March.  This week on the show, host Ted Robinson has highlights from week two of WCC play.   In addition, the West Coast Conference's leading scorer, Keion Bell, chats with teammate Joshua Lowery in the "60 Seconds With" segment.   Did you know the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots plays right here in the West Coast Conference?  WCCTV's George Devine recently had a chance to sit down with Saint Mary's forward Louella Tomlinson.  New episodes of The Road to Las Vegas premiere Wednesdays on WCCsports.com, and can be viewed any time on-demand.

 

On Wednesday night, don't miss another edition of WCC Live - the weekly talk show that chronicles the West Coast Conference with live guests, contests, and more.  The hour-long show airs live every Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. PT, and can also be heard on-demand or downloaded free of charge to an mp3 player.

 

This week on WCC Live, don't miss conversations with WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, Saint Mary's junior women's guard Jasmine Smith, Portland head men's basketball coach Eric Reveno, and USF women's broadcaster and WCCTV reporter George Devine.

 

WCC Live can be heard by visiting http://blogtalkradio.com/wccsports.  Fans can e-mail their questions for guests to radio@westcoast.org; via Twitter (@WCCsports); or on Facebook (Facebook.com/WCCsports).


As always, I welcome your feedback.


Jeff Tourial

Be A Part of What?

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Thanks to our second consecutive NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Grant, teams have been able to promote their programs in a new and innovative way. Last year, WCC women's basketball searched for its greatest fan with the "WCC Fan Draft." This year, our teams are looking for a little bit more.

 

This season, in addition to inviting their fans to the stands, WCC women's basketball teams are also inviting fans to support them in something off the court: community service.

 

Since the start of the women's basketball season, each team has created a four-game "Be A Part of It" series with each game featuring a unique community service initiative. Some have asked fans to donate canned goods at games to benefit a local food bank. Others have asked fans to donate shoes to Soles4Souls as part of the Zappos.com WCC Shoe Drive. Others have even planned on raising awareness for breast cancer at their Pink Zone games in February.

 

Regardless of what the cause has been, every team wants YOU to BE A PART OF IT! Be a part of the fun and be a part of something greater.

 

By the way...Did I mention there were prizes involved? Any fan that visits its team's "Be A Part of It" website and invites 10 Facebook friends to an upcoming "Be A Part of It" game will be entered to win a three-night hotel stay at the Orleans Hotel and two all-session passes for the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships! So hurry up and BE A PART OF IT!

 

Click on your team's website for a chance to win a trip to the 2011 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships!

 

GONZAGA BULLDOGS:                      www.GUWomensHoops.com

 

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS:       www.LMUWomensHoops.com

 

PEPPERDINE WAVES:                       www.WavesWomensHoops.com

 

PORTLAND PILOTS:                           www.PilotsTilIDie.com

 

SAINT MARY'S GAELS:                       www.SMCWHoops.com

 

SAN DIEGO TOREROS:                       www.USDWomensHoops.com

 

SAN FRANCISCO DONS:                     www.USFBuildingChampions.com

 

SANTA CLARA BRONCOS:                 www.SCUBroncoHoops.com


Stef Ordoveza

Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

 

New Year, New Content

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Happy New Year from the West Coast Conference!  Basketball season has been a fun ride so far, and we're just getting started - literally.  Conference play begins tomorrow (Thursday) night for four of our men's and four of our women's teams.  The other eight teams will wait until Saturday to tip things off.  Meantime, we've rolled out a couple of new content items for you, just in time for WCC play. 

 

First off, join us every Wednesday night for your chance to interact with WCC coaches and student-athletes on "WCC Live."  This popular Internet radio talk show airs live each Wednesday from 8 to 9 p.m. Pacific.  On this week's show, host Jeff Lampe will chat live with LMU men's head coach Max Good, Gonzaga women's head coach Kelly Graves, Portland senior forward Luke Sikma, and Pepperdine men's radio broadcaster Al Epstein.  You can submit questions by phone (877-779-6383); e-mail (radio@westcoast.org); Twitter (@WCCsports); or on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/WCCsports).  If you can't catch the show live, don't worry.  You can listen on-demand anytime.  You can even download the show for your mp3 player, free of charge.  The link to tune-in: http://blogtalkradio.com/wccsports

 

Also, we're bringing back the popular "Road to Las Vegas" web video series.  Each week, join host Ted Robinson and other WCC TV correspondents as they bring you men's and women's highlights and interviews.  There will also be a weekly "60 Seconds With..." segment where one of our student-athletes interviews a teammate.  On the debut edition, USD women's point guard Dominique Conners shows us MyTown: San Diego.  We also spend 60 Seconds With Santa Clara's Kevin Foster, who is interviewed by teammate Marc Trasolini.  New episodes of "The Road to Las Vegas" can be seen on WCCsports.com every Wednesday leading up to the tournament in March. 

 

Questions or comments?  Got a suggestion for a future "WCC Live" guest or "Road to Las Vegas" feature story?  Please contact me via the link below.


Enjoy the games!

 

Jeff Tourial

Director of Communications & New Media