ATLANTA, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the college basketball season heating up, the buzz is growing in anticipation of NCAA® March Madness® and the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, where fans across the nation will have a say in determining the best student section in college basketball.
By visiting www.facebook.com/ILoveCollegeHoops fans can vote once per day for one of the nearly 160 basketball schools that submitted a nomination. The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which is presented through a partnership of The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), an affiliate of IMG College, and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Awards, is dedicated to celebrating fans that love college hoops and provide support to their college basketball team with devotion and passion.
The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award will be determined through two rounds of public votes, combined with a scoring of finalists by the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors, which will review criteria such as the student section's name and attendance, as well as photos, video, and a write-up submitted by the nominating school. Complete details on the selection process can be found at facebook.com/ilovecollegehoops."In just the second year of the award, we are excited that twice the number of Division I basketball schools have submitted nominations touting their student section as the best in college basketball," said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. "Now it's time for students, alumni, and fans of these schools across the country to make their votes count and help their school win this award." "College basketball student sections showcase the emotion, energy, and passion that define what it means for a team to truly have a home court advantage, and we want to celebrate that," added Catherine Gammon, Senior Vice President of Brand Development for CLC. "We encourage all fans to vote to cast their vote and ensure their favorite school gets recognized for the spirit they display in supporting their team." The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning school will receive $10,000 to be used in its general scholarship fund. Last year's basketball season marked the first-ever Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, with The University of Kansas serving as the official winner of the competition. Participating schools include:Air Force Alabama BirminghamAlbany SUNY Alcorn State Arizona Arizona State Arkansas Arkansas State Auburn Baylor Boise State Boston College Bowling Green BucknellBYU Cal Cal Davis Cal State Northridge California Polytechnic State University Central Connecticut State CincinnatiCitadel (The) Clemson Colorado Colorado State Dayton Denver Drexel East Carolina Eastern Illinois Eastern Kentucky Florida Florida A&M Florida Atlantic Florida State Fordham Fresno State Furman George Washington Georgetown Georgia Georgia State Georgia Tech Gonzaga Hawaii HofstraHoward Idaho Idaho State Illinois Illinois State Indiana Iowa State James Madison Kansas Kentucky LaSalle LibertyLong Beach State Longwood Louisiana at Lafayette Louisiana Monroe Louisiana Tech Louisville LSU Marquette Marshall Maryland Memphis Miami Michigan Michigan State Middle Tennessee State Minnesota Missouri Missouri State Montana Montana State Morgan State Murray State NC State Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Mexico New Mexico State Norfolk State North Carolina Greensboro North Florida North Texas Northern Arizona Northwestern Notre Dame Oakland Oklahoma State Ole Miss Oregon State Pacific Penn State Pepperdine Pittsburgh Portland State Providence Purdue Quinnipiac Rhode Island Rice Rutgers Saint Joseph's Saint Louis Saint Mary's College of California San Diego State San Jose State Santa Clara SMU South Carolina South Carolina State South Florida Southern Southern Illinois Southern Miss Southern Utah St. Bonaventure Stephen F. Austin Syracuse TCU Temple Tennessee Texas Texas A&M Texas El Paso Texas State Texas Tech Toledo Tulane Tulsa UCF UCONN UNC - CharlotteUNLV US Military AcademyUT ArlingtonUT ChattanoogaUT Martin Utah Utah State Valparaiso Vanderbilt VCU Virginia Virginia Tech Wake Forest Washington State Weber State West Virginia Western Kentucky Wichita State Wisconsin Wyoming Xavier About The Collegiate Licensing Company CLC is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG. Founded in 1981, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate trademark licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. The mission of CLC is to be the guiding force in collegiate trademark licensing and one of the top sports licensing firms in the country. CLC is dedicated to being a center of excellence in providing licensing services of the highest quality to its member institutions, licensees, retailers and consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta (Ga.), CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 80 licensing professionals who provide full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and brand development. For more information on CLC, visit: www.clc.com or www.imgworld.com. About The Atlanta Tipoff Club The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA's Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. Old Dominion's Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women's Naismith Trophy in 1983. The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men's and Women's College Basketball Player of the Year, Men's and Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.