Feb. 12, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., - The votes are in and the Orange Krush has advanced to the semifinal round of the inaugural Naismith Student Section of the Year Award contest. Beginning with a total of 158 participating institutions, the contest now enters the semifinal round with only 16 institutions eligible to take home the top prize. As one of the top college basketball student sections in the country, the University is asking for fan support to help win the prestigious title. Fighting Illini fans will have a say in determining the most deserving student section by voting for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award.
How to Cast a Semifinal Round Vote
By visiting www.facebook.com/ILoveCollegeHoops, Illinois fans can vote for the Orange Krush as the top student section in college basketball. Semifinal round voting, which has been reset to zero for the 16 semifinalists, is open now through Feb. 22, 2013. Fans can vote once per day.
The top eight recipients from the semifinal round of public votes will be sent to the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors for a final vote. The Naismith Awards Board of Selectors will review criteria such as the student section's name and attendance, the total fan vote, as well as photos, video, and a write-up submitted by the nominating school that will aid in determine the winning student section. Complete details on the selection process can be found at facebook.com/ilovecollegehoops.
The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning institution will receive $10,000 to be used in its general scholarship fund.
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.