Lady Vols Honored for Commitment to Integrity, Sportsmanship and Community Involvement
Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 7, 2007 - Today, the America's Team™ Foundation announced that it has chosen the Lady Vol Basketball Team to receive the 2007 America's Team Award for women’s college basketball. Based on integrity, teamwork, sportsmanship and commitment to the community, the America's Team Award honors American sports teams and their athletes in the achievement of overall excellence.
"The America's Team™ Award celebrates athletic excellence as well as recognizes team dedication to community development. This year we are honored to give the America's Team Award for women’s college ball to the Lady Vols," said Bryan Reichel, America's Team Foundation president. "This team gives of themselves on and off the court – from organizing basketball clinics to hosting kids movie nights. The team's commitment to improving the lives of children and their families in Tennessee is appreciated and admired by many alumni, students and fans."
The award was presented at the Nov. 6th game to the team and coaching staff of the Lady Vols by Bryan Reichel, president of the America's Team organization.
Past America's Team Award trophy recipients include: Minnesota Twins (professional baseball), Pittsburgh Steelers (professional football), and Florida Gators (men's college basketball.)
About Lady Vols
Tennessee compiled a 34-3 overall record during the 2006-07 season and brought home the program's seventh NCAA Championship. Head coach Pat Summitt earned SEC Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year Honors. Candace Parker earned SEC Player of the Year, John R. Wooden Player of the Year, State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year, ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors and first team All-American by almost every publication in the country. Nicky Anosike and Sidney Spencer garnered Academic All-District recognition, while Alexis Hornbuckle and Spencer picked up All-SEC accolades. The team won two ESPY Awards and placed six of its 10 members on the SEC All-Academic squad.
About America’s Team™
The America’s Team™ Foundation is an organization that celebrates the role of good will in athletics and offers recognition for the honest effort put forth by athletes, both on and off the field. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, America’s Team Properties LLP honors excellence and commitment in American sports through awards, promotions and community giving. Learn more at www.americasteamusa.com.