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WCC Promotes Conference-Wide Sportsmanship Initiative

Jan. 26, 2011

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - On Thursday, January 27th, all 16 men's and women's basketball teams will celebrate the first WCC "Represent" day as part of the conference-wide sportsmanship initiative launched by the eight WCC member institutions. Each team will wear its WCC "Represent" shirts in an effort to promote good sportsmanship and challenge WCC student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and fans to proudly represent the West Coast Conference, their school, their team, and their selves.

"The WCC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Sportsmanship Task Force and External Relations Cabinet have applied significant time and energy to our `Represent' campaign and continue to make sportsmanship a high priority on their campuses," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Their commitment to creating a culture of sportsmanship by engaging in positive, respectful behavior is strongly supported by the conference, and we will continue to promote and recognize our institutions for their hard work."

A large part of the "Represent" campaign includes each WCC institution committing to hosting "Represent" events in which student-athletes will wear their official "Represent" T-shirts and wristbands while adhering to a set of principles and standards created by the WCC SAAC and Sportsmanship Task Force.

Some of these principles include: elevating and celebrating performance through expressions of support, rather than negative behavior towards opponents; proudly representing the values of their institution by conducting themselves in a professional, dignified and respectful manner; and ensuring a fair, supportive and safe athletic environment for competitive play.

As part of the Conference's commitment to "Represent," the WCC also created a 30-second television spot that features its very own student-athletes and distributed an official sportsmanship PA to be read at all conference competitions.

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. The awards are intended to cultivate recognition and promotion of positive sportsmanship across the Conference and will be facilitated by the WCC SAAC.

WCC Men's Basketball REPRESENT Games - Jan. 27
San Francisco at LMU - 7:00 PM
San Diego at Portland - 7:00 PM (Comcast SportsNet Northwest/4 SD)
Santa Clara at Pepperdine - 7:30 PM (Prime Ticket)
Saint Mary's at Gonzaga - 8:00 PM (ESPN2)

WCC Women's Basketball REPRESENT Games - Jan. 27
Gonzaga at Saint Mary's - 6:00 PM (CBS College Sports)
Loyola Marymount at San Francisco - 7:00 PM
Portland at San Diego - 7:00 PM
Pepperdine at Santa Clara- 7:00 PM