The WBCA and NABC Team Up with State Farm
All-Americans will now be referred to as State Farm Coaches' All-Americans
Aug. 1, 2007
"State Farm's sponsorship of the NABC and the WBCA All-America Teams is a natural extension of our sponsorship and support of not only collegiate athletics but the pursuit of higher education and the achievements of student-athletes. The values and characteristics needed to become an All-American mirror the principles State Farm has built its business around," said Mark Gibson, Assistant Vice President of Advertising for State Farm. "We are honored to be able to recognize these student-athletes for their dedication and commitment on the court."
For over 25 years, State Farm has supported and been involved in collegiate athletics and with higher education institutions. This includes a successful relationship with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the past three years. This partnership includes the sponsoring of NCAA Women's and Men's Basketball, the NCAA Women's and Men's Basketball Championships and affiliations with 90 colleges and universities.
State Farm has also been a proud sponsor of women's college basketball which began in 1993 as the sponsor of the Tip-Off Classic, kicking off the women's college basketball season every year. State Farm's support of women's college basketball has grown to include sponsorships of the Wade Trophy, the WBCA, the NCAA, the WNBA, USA Basketball and now the "State Farm Coaches' All-America Team".
"We are very excited to have State Farm as the sponsor of this prestigious award," said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. "State Farm has a long history of supporting women's athletics and it's a natural fit for both State Farm and the WBCA."
The first WBCA All-America Team was announced in 1975 at the NCAA Division I level. All other levels (Division II, Division III, NAIA and JC/CC) were added during the 1982-83 season. Since 1975, 1,330 outstanding student-athletes have been recognized as All-Americans. The Eastman Kodak Company was the title sponsor through the 2006-2007 season.
"It only seems fitting that State Farm is teaming up with the NABC and WBCA to sponsor the All-America teams for college basketball," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "The addition of this significant corporate partner can only enhance the recognition of the outstanding college athletes being honored with the most prestigious award of All-American."
The NABC has been selecting men's college basketball All-America teams for the past 61 seasons with almost 900 individuals honored in NCAA Division I alone. The first NABC All-America team was selected in 1946-47 with a first and second team for nine seasons in Division I before adding a third team in 1955-56. In Division II, NABC All-America recognition was first bestowed in 1966-67 and Division III honored teams beginning in the 1976-77 season.
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About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.