Winthrop Wins 2011-12 Big South Kallander Cup Challenge

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Winthrop University has been declared the winner of the 2011-12 Big South Conference Kallander Cup Challenge for completing nearly 3,200 hours of various community service projects during the 2011-12 academic year.

Winthrop, which has won the Kallander Cup four consecutive years, was presented the award during the Big South's seventh annual Leadership Conference held the weekend of July 13-15 in Black Mountain, N.C.  This year's event featured nearly 50 student-athletes from around the Conference, and focused on developing leadership skills as well as challenging the participants to return to their respective campuses and lead their fellow student-athletes.

This past season, each member institution's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) participated in various community service projects on and around their respective campuses.  Each SAAC group presented their initiatives at this year's Leadership Conference, and the attendees voted Winthrop the winner of the Kallander Cup.

The Winthrop SAAC's efforts during the 2011-12 season included a year-long project in cooperation with the York County Boys & Girls Club that culminated with Eagle Week during the local school districts' spring break.  During Eagle Week, SAAC hosted 100 Boys & Girls Club campers for the all-day, all-week events.  Winthrop's SAAC also donated two "stores" to the clubs at Northside Recreation Center and Riverview Elementary School that served as a rewards program for Character Education.

The Big South Conference SAAC created the Kallander Cup in 2006-07 to engage student-athletes from all Big South member institutions in a year-long fundraising competition for the benefit of a selected charity.  Past beneficiaries include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Samaritan's Feet, Soap for Souls and local school systems.  Previous winners of the Kallander Cup are Liberty University (2007, 2008) and Winthrop (2009, 2010, 2011).