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January 10, 2012

‘Reed Rowdies’ Nominated For Student Section Of The Year Award

The “Reed Rowdies,” a boisterous and loyal  collection of students who loudly support Texas A&M University’s basketball programs at Reed Arena, have been nominated for the 2012 Naismith Student Section of the Year award sponsored by the Collegiate Licensing Co (CLC).

The event is part of “I Love College Hoops,” a nationwide effort to celebrate 100 years of college basketball. Open only to Division I basketball programs, the Naismith Student Section of the Year award winner will receive a $5,000 contribution to the school’s athletic department.

the student section during a basketball gameThe winning student section will face several rounds of competition. Round one will include a public vote on Facebook until Feb. 12. The top 16 colleges in the public vote will enter a second round of competition with another public vote on Facebook and will then be forwarded to the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors for the final vote, which is based on criteria such as student section attire, average attendance for the student section compared to overall seating capacity, video and photo submissions of the student section and other criteria.

Voting in round two will be held the week of Feb. 13-24. The final selections of the Naismith Awards Board and the announcement of the winner will happen during the NCAA March Madness tournament.

“‘I Love College Hoops’ is a great program that will allow us  another way to rally around Texas A&M basketball,” says Shane Hinckley, assistant vice president for business development.

“The Student Section of the Year Award is an added component of the ‘I Love College Hoops’ program that allows us to support those that support our basketball teams — the Reed Rowdies.”

“The first two round of voting for the Student Section of the Year Award are going to be held on Facebook,” adds Caitlin Chandler, project coordinator in business development. “Because Texas A&M has such a strong social media presence and a lot of diehard Aggie fans are on Facebook, we know that if all Texas A&M fans rally together, we can get the Reed Rowdies to the final round of voting.”

The Reed Rowdies spirit group was formed in 2000 as a student organization and since then has been a constant presence at Texas A&M basketball games. Texas A&M coaches have praised the group for its enthusiasm and support in giving the Aggies a strong home-court advantage.

CLC will launch “Student Section Appreciation Week” during Feb. 5-12, which will serve as a celebration of college basketball fans everywhere, emphasizing student sections.

For more information, go to, and fans can follow Texas A&M on Facebook and Twitter.


Media contact: Caitlin Chandler, project coordinator in business development, at (979) 845-4680 or; or Keith Randall, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4644 or



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