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It's Time to REPRESENT!

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This week is a BUSY week for the West Coast Conference. Not only have we just finished hosting our WCC Golf Championships at the San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, CA, but all nine schools have also been participating in WCC REPRESENT Week on their campuses.

For those of you unfamiliar with REPRESENT, the campaign is a conference-wide effort to promote positive sportsmanship across all 13 WCC-sponsored sports. The WCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) came up with the idea about three years ago, and it has transformed into a cohesive team effort to educate student-fan groups about the effects of good sportsmanship by hosting REPRESENT events on campus and various community service projects to help benefit local and national organizations.

In addition to all the events going on at the conference championships (just like the WCC Youth Golf Clinic this past Sunday), the WCC also awards a Sportsmanship Team Award winner at the end of each season. The winners are nominated and chosen by the conference SAAC, and the 2011-12 Winter Sportsmanship Award winners were recently selected. The winners are:

Winter Sportsmanship Team Winners

Men's Basketball: BYU Cougars

SAAC Nomination: As a new member of the WCC, BYU was expected to uphold the high standards set by the Conference regarding high levels of performance both on and off the court. They did this very well. Not only did they increase the competitive nature of the conference with a successful season, but all members of the community (players, coaching staff and fans) were very accommodating and supportive. 

Women's Basketball: Gonzaga Bulldogs

SAAC Nomination: Yet again, GU has fielded a strong women's basketball team. It really goes without saying as this year's Zags extended their season into the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. All talent aside, I have selected GU as the 2012 Sportsmanship Award Nominee because of a number of nonathletic factors. Regardless of the score of the game, or the intensity of the competition, players on the GU squad can be counted on to always lend a helping hand when an opposing player has be knocked to the ground, or respond positively to an occasional joke on the court. It is nice to know that even when a team is beating up on you, they can display enough humility to win and behave graciously. 

Institutional Sportsmanship "Actions" Award Winner 

University of San Diego

SAAC Nomination: The "Spirit of the Torero" Facebook page serves as a contest for USD teams to post pictures of positive sportsmanship, and team points are tallied during the year to track progress.

Congratulations to all our teams, especially BYU, Gonzaga and San Diego, for earning the Sportsmanship Team Awards for Winter 2011-12! 

For more information on REPRESENT, click here: http://www.wccsports.com/genrel/west-11-represent.html