2014 SAAC Video Competition
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The Atlantic 10 Conference SAAC "Committment to Teammates" Video Competition is under way with all thirteen institutions entering videos in this year's competition. This is the fourth year that the A-10 SAAC has conducted this "friendly" video competition, where the winner is determined by a combination of an online fan vote, as well as a vote conducted by each institution's campus SAAC organization. 

This fall, a vote by the A-10 SAAC led to the "Committment To Student Athletes" campaign as the theme of the 2013-14 video competition. The guidelines for the competition are intentionally broad to provide maximum flexibility in the video submissions. Campus SAAC organizations that entered this year's competition have taken advantage of the incredible opportunity to share their journey as a student-athlete, through their creative and powerful messages.

The online vote will be open and conducted Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 30. The campus SAAC votes will also be due on the final day of the online voting (Sunday, March 30).

From all aspects, the third year of the video competition (2012-13) and its theme “Evolution of a Student-Athlete” was a huge success with George Washington reigning as the competition’s overall winner for their video that highlighted the journey of their diverse community of student-athletes.  The Colonials edged out VCU in the fan vote by just 136 votes and was second in the campus SAAC vote.  13-of-16 institutions entered the competition, which included 5 institutions that entered the competition for the first time.  For the voting, 15-of-16 campuses submitted campus SAAC votes, and nearly 10,000 online votes were cast.  For the second consecutive year, Richmond won the campus SAAC vote.  VCU had a great showing as a first-time entry, finishing second place overall.  The theme "Evolution of the Student-Athlete" was chosen by the Atlantic 10 Conference SAAC and provided a broad spectrum for each campus to express what their journey and evolution as a student-athlete has meant to them

During the 2011-12 year, the unanimous vote by the A-10 SAAC led to the "Anti-Bullying" themed Video Competition, which garnered nearly 16,000 online votes, more than five times the number of votes cast during the 2011 competition. Temple University emerged as the winner after the Owl's video, "Owls Give a Hoot," received an astonishing 5,353 votes from the online fan poll on atlantic10.com. Second place went to La Salle, driven by its 4,953 fan votes--a number made more impressive after learning the size of its full-time undergraduate enrollment: 3,359. Additionally, La Salle added one first place vote to its point total from the campus SAAC vote. Richmond was narrowly edged out by La Salle to secure third place, boasting four of a possible 13 first-place campus SAAC votes.

The inaugural competition, which took place during 2010-11 academic year, involved the creation of videos that promoted an NCAA or institutional core value (e.g., sportsmanship, sense of community, commitment to service, academic and athletic excellence), or an ideal that student-athletes are especially proud of or passionate about. There were a total of seven institutional entries for this first-ever competition. The competition generated over 3,100 online votes, with roughly 40 percent of those votes going to the University of Dayton (1,204), which sealed their victory in the first-ever competition and they also finished second in the campus SAAC vote.

   
Dayton Duquesne
   
Fordham George Mason
   
George Washington La Salle
   
Massachusetts Rhode Island
   

Richmond St. Bonaventure
   
Saint Joseph's  Saint Louis

 

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