Fourteen schools, four conferences awarded NCAA women’s basketball grants
Fourteen Division I womenâ€™s basketball programs and four conferences were selected to receive funding through the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Grant Program. The grants total $750,000.
The program, entering its second year, is designed to increase awareness and exposure for womenâ€™s basketball and increase attendance.
The 2009-10 recipients are:
- Big South Conference
- East Tennessee State
- Eastern Michigan
- Iowa State
- Miami (Florida)
- North Carolina
- Patriot League
- San Diego State
- South Carolina
- UC Riverside
- UC Santa Barbara
- West Coast Conference
- Western Athletic Conference
A total of 75 member schools and conferences submitted. National office staff and representatives from the NCAA womenâ€™s basketball marketing consultant firm Hawkeye Sports and Entertainment evaluated the proposals.
â€œBeing part of a national effort to facilitate the growth of womenâ€™s basketball throughout the country is great for the University of Hartford and for me personally,â€ said Hartford Director of Athletics Patricia H. Meiser. â€œThis grant will allow us continue to help our womenâ€™s basketball program be one among the top programs in the Northeast, both on the court and off.â€
NCAA Division I Womenâ€™s Basketball Vice President Sue Donohoe noted the success of many of last yearâ€™s grant recipients and is excited to see what these new recipients are able to achieve.
â€œThe first year of the grant program went very well and we are anticipating more success in year two,â€ said Donohoe. â€œThe membership has had a tremendous interest in securing grant resources to advance womenâ€™s basketball. It is important that we continue to work to grow womenâ€™s basketball from the inside out and at the grass roots level.â€
ISU has ranked in the top ten nationally in NCAA attendance, but selected three groups to target in its proposal, including elementary age students, the Lilâ€™ Clone Club members and Iowa State students.
â€œIt is a great honor to receive this grant from the NCAA,â€ said Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly. â€œOur marketing staff did a tremendous job preparing the bid and it will give us even more resources to have the best NCAA womenâ€™s basketball site in 2010.â€
East Tennessee State, the Patriot League and San Diego State received a grant for the second straight year.
Among success stories last year were Texas Tech doubling its student attendance, Florida State increasing season-ticket sales by 63 percent and generating a 55 percent increase in overall attendance for womenâ€™s basketball, and East Tennessee State increasing its average attendance by 231 percent. Many other grant recipients set record single-game attendance marks.â€
The program will be evaluated after its second year to determine if the objectives are being met. Grants are awarded on a one-year basis and are not automatically renewed.
This marketing initiative concept was generated from the NCAA Division I Womenâ€™s Basketball Discussion Group, chaired by NCAA President Myles Brand. The group consisted of head coaches, media representatives, former student-athletes and conference, institutional and Womenâ€™s Basketball Coaches Association administrators.