Student Section of the Year Voting Now Open; KU Looks to Repeat

Jan. 17, 2013

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas claimed the inaugural Naismith Student Section of the Year Award in 2012, that title is once again up for grabs and the athletics department is turning to the fans to defend the title.

By visiting, Kansas fans can vote once per day for the KU student section as the top student section in college basketball. The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which is presented through a partnership of The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), an affiliate of IMG College, and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Awards, is dedicated to celebrating fans that love college hoops and provide support to their college basketball team with devotion and passion.

“College basketball student sections showcase the emotion, energy, and passion that define what it means for a team to truly have a home court advantage, and we want to celebrate that,” added Catherine Gammon, Senior Vice President of Brand Development for CLC. “We encourage all fans to vote to cast their vote and ensure their favorite school gets recognized for the spirit they display in supporting their team.”

“We have the best students and fans in the country,” said head coach Bill Self, who has only seven home losses in his 10 seasons at Kansas. “Our student section starts prepping for games days before tip-off; they stand by our team the entire game, giving us an unbelievable home-court advantage.”

The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award will be determined through two rounds of public votes, combined with a scoring of finalists by the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors, which will review criteria such as the student section’s name and attendance, as well as photos, video, and a write-up submitted by the nominating school. Complete details on the selection process can be found at

The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning school will receive $10,000 to be used in its general scholarship fund. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.