Shaw Champions Honored By Governor
Shaw Champions Honored By North Carolina Governor
March 29, 2011
(Raleigh, NC) - North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue
today welcomed Shaw University's football, men's basketball and
women's basketball teams to the Executive Mansion in a celebration
of their Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
"There are little boys and little girls all over North Carolina who are going to see your pictures in the papers tomorrow, they're going to see you on YouTube, on the internet and they're going to dream about being you," said Governor Perdue at the reception. "They're going to be inspired because of the way you live your life. I have to tell you, as the Governor of North Carolina, I'm inspired by you.
"I thank you for your commitment to excellence both on the field and the court, and in the classroom," she continued. "You're what makes all of us who are older, like me, understand that America and North Carolina's future is mighty strong."
The event honored the 2010 Shaw football team, and the 2010-2011 men's and women's basketball teams, all of whom won CIAA championships this academic year and advanced to NCAA tournament play.
The football team won the CIAA championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, finishing the year with a school-best 9-3 record.
The men's basketball team won the CIAA Tournament, and made it to the regional semi-finals in the NCAA Tournament. They finished the season with a 23-9 record.
The women's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament with their win of the CIAA Tournament, and advanced as far as the Final Four for the first time in Shaw women's basketball history. With a 25-12 record, they finished the season ranked 12th in the nation.