CLEVELAND - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the recipients of its 2015 Golden Anniversary Awards, today. The Golden Anniversary Award is a unique award recognizing those individuals, companies and organizations that have had significant impact on NACDA over its first 50 years. Honorees will be recognized at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Luncheon, in conjunction with NACDA’s 50th Anniversary Convention on Tuesday, June 16 in Orlando, Fla.
Honorees include the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), represented by Grant Teaff; Collegiate Licensing Company, represented by Pat Battle; Host Communications, represented by Jim Host; John McLendon Minority Foundation, represented by NACDA Past President Kevin Anderson; NACDA Exhibitors, represented by Kathy Polanshek for NACDA Insurance; NAIA, represented by Jim Carr;National Football Foundation, represented by Steve Hatchell; NATYCAA, represented by Vin Cullen; NCAA, represented by Mark Emmert; Raycom Sports, represented by Ken Haines; SportsBusiness Journal, represented by Richard Weiss; and USA TODAY, represented by Tom O’Toole.
Raycom Sports — Ken Haines
Ken Haines has been a dear friend of NACDA since 1983. Always behind the scenes, Haines assisted NACDA as an unpaid media consultant in all of our Kickoff and Pigskin Classic preseason football games. Proceeds from those games, in excess of $8 million through the years, had NACDA as the secondary charity, and greatly enhanced the financial status of the National Football Foundation (Kickoff) and American Football Coaches Association (Pigskin). In addition, since 1994 Raycom Sports has been sponsoring NACDA’s Final Four pregame reception, and under Haines’ guidance, Raycom became a sponsor at this year’s inaugural NACDA/FBS Leadership Summit.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 50th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 11,000 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 5,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 15 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.