BSU earns first NABC Team Academic Excellence Award in program history

BSU earns first NABC Team Academic Excellence Award in program history
Thursday, July 12, 2018
BSU earns first NABC Team Academic Excellence Award in program history

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team earned a spot on the sixth annual National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics, for the first time in program history. The Beavers are one of a select number of teams throughout the nation recognized for outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season.

Bemidji State is one of nine Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference programs selected for the award. The Beavers landed on the list for the first time since the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award was created in 2013.

In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the grade point averages of all men’s student-athletes who competed during the 2017-18 season.

The NABC is located in Kansas City, Mo., and was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve the Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently claims nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. For additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, go to www.nabc.org.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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