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UWF is building champions for life

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Since opening its door in 1967, the University of West Florida has worked to build a strong Athletics program capable of competing at the highest levels. More than 40 years later, the Argonauts offer 13 nationally ranked NCAA Division II sport teams and uphold an unsurpassed reputation for excellence in athletics and academics. The many successes of UWF Athletics may have gone unnoticed in the past, but beginning this fall, the Argonauts are making their presence known. On Sept. 21, the university launched an Athletics Awareness Campaign, “Building Champions for Life,” aimed at informing the Northwest Florida community and beyond of the caliber of its athletics programs, student athletes and alumni.

“We truly are Building Champions for Life through our athletics programs,” said Dave Scott, director of Athletics. “We get excited about student athletes who excel in the game and in the classroom. So many of our former student athletes have gone on to accomplish great things, while our current student athletes are being well prepared to become our community leaders of tomorrow.”

The UWF Athletics Department offers NCAA Division II men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. During the campaign, UWF will highlight the significant accomplishments of its athletics programs, including the fact that they have won five national championships and 50 Gulf South Conference championships.

“We have the reputation of being a complete athletic program,” said Scott. “Our philosophy is to position all of our programs to win championships while maintaining the academic standards of the university.”

The “Building Champions for Life” campaign features student athletes, coaches, staff and alumni who demonstrate the impact that UWF Athletics has had on their personal success and on the community. They are featured in newspaper and magazine advertisements, Web profiles and a television ad. Other components of the campaign include news stories, social media applications and billboards placed prominently in Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties.

“UWF is a great academic institution and we have an excellent athletic program to match,” said Scott. “Our theme, ‘Building Champions for Life,’ means developing student athletes with the skills to be successful alumni. Sports teach many life lessons, and the classroom provides opportunities for intellectual growth. Together, we provide students with educational experiences to draw from in today’s society.”

UWF is Building Champions for Life. For more information about the campaign, visit GoArgos.com.

Written by Lauren Smith, University Marketing Communications

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