Washington Receives NCAA Women's Basketball Grant

March 18, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Washington athletic department received one of 17 grants as part of the newly designed NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Grant Program. Approximately $750,000 in grant money was given to schools and conferences by the NCAA. Washington received $19,000 as part of the program.

The grant program is designed to foster the growth of women's basketball on NCAA member campuses and within NCAA member conferences.

'We want to grow the game of women's basketball at the grass roots level,' said NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Vice President Sue Donohoe. 'We hope these grants will give schools and conferences the extra resources they need to enhance their women's basketball program.'

'We are thrilled to be one of the select schools to receive the NCAA Women's Basketball grant,' said UW women's basketball coach Tia Jackson. 'The money from the grant will be extremely valuable as we work to expand our Dads and Daughters program at Husky Women's Basketball next season. We appreciate the support of our radio partner KJR AM, and all of the Dads and Daughters who experienced the program this year. We hope with this grant money that we can share Husky Women's Basketball with even more families.'

UW senior associate athletic director Marie Tuite added, 'This grant is one of the many ways the NCAA is looking to increase the awareness of women's basketball on our campuses and in our communities. The City of Seattle has a long history of supporting women's basketball and this grant will only further enhance the opportunity for Dad's and Daughters to be a part of something special.'

More than 70 member institutions and conferences submitted proposals in the first year of the three-year pilot program. National office staff and representatives from the NCAA women's basketball marketing consultant firm Hawkeye Sports and Entertainment evaluated the proposals. A call for the second round of proposals will be issued this fall for the 2009-10 academic year.

'We were thrilled with the response from the membership but would encourage every conference and institution to submit a proposal for next year,' said Donohoe. 'We want to help our members create a buzz about women's basketball on their campus and in their communities.'

The competition for the grants was very intense as institutions and conferences came up with original ideas for promoting women's basketball.

'We're very pleased to be awarding this grant to the University of Washington. We're excited for the Huskies and can't wait to see the results,' said Donohoe.

The program itself will undergo yearly evaluations to determine if the program objectives are being met. The grants are awarded on a one-year basis and are not automatically renewed. Grant recipients are required to submit a monthly progress report and a final summary report.

Washington is planning to use the grant for a number of exciting activities and initiatives, including the continuing evolution of its successful 'Dads & Daughters' promotion that was started last season in partnership with local radio sports talk station 950 KJR AM.

'We are very excited for the University and the Women's Basketball program for receiving this grant. It's very rewarding to have partnered with Washington on the Dads & Daughters program and to be part of the huge success. We are very much looking forward to growing our involvement with this program.'

Other schools and conferences receiving grants are:
Arizona State University
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Columbia University
East Tennessee State University
Florida State University
University of Louisville
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Oklahoma
San Diego State University
Texas Tech University
Western Kentucky University
Big Ten Conference
Conference USA
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Northeast Conference
Patriot League

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