Pepperdine Earns WCC Represent Award for Sportsmanship
The women's cross country team won a team sportsmanship award.
June 10, 2014
Courtesy of the West Coast Conference
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- Pepperdine University was awarded the 2013-14 West Coast Conference REPRESENT Cup, which is awarded to the member institution that receives the greatest number of Conference sportsmanship points during the academic year. The Cup was awarded at the WCC Honors Dinner last Thursday, June 5, at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.
The Pepperdine Waves earned the most points in the REPRESENT Cup race, winning the team sportsmanship awards in women's cross country, while posting four runner-up showings.
In addition to the institutional sportsmanship award, the individual sportsmanship award winners were also recognized at the WCC Honors Dinner. The campus SAAC groups selected San Diego football player Kyle Miller and Loyola Marymount women's basketball player Emily Ben-Jumbo as this year's honorees.
Miller was recognized by his peers for developing an anti-bullying program called Lace Up Stand Up, which has transformed into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization aimed at educating middle school students about how to take action against bullying. In his nomination, his leadership instructor said, "anyone who interacts with [him] can clearly see the heart, passion and dedication he places in the initiatives he pursues." For his efforts, Miller was recognized as a "Changemaker" on the USD campus, and he continues to teach the youth of today tools that athletes use on the field to promote positive sportsmanship.
Ben-Jumbo was described as someone who "embodies the characteristics of sportsmanship. [She] respects others; she is caring, fair, civil, honest and responsible. She exemplifies these qualities because she has embraced the LMU mission statement and is focused on developing herself and others a whole person."
The REPRESENT campaign is the West Coast Conference's sportsmanship campaign, which encourages the elevation of teams during competition rather than negative behavior. Since its launch in 2009, the REPRESENT campaign has transformed into a conference-wide celebration of WCC student-athletes' competitiveness, character and commitment to "representing" themselves both on and off the playing field.