Shaw Champions Honored By Governor
March 31, 2011 - North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue Tuesday welcomed Shaw University's football, men's basketball and women's basketball teams to the Executive Mansion in a celebration of their Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) titles.
"There are little boys and little girls all over North Carolina who are going to see your pictures in the papers tomorrow, they're going to see you on YouTube, on the internet and they're going to dream about being you," said Governor Perdue at the reception. "They're going to be inspired because of the way you live your life. I have to tell you, as the Governor of North Carolina, I'm inspired by you.
"I thank you for your commitment to excellence both on the field and the court, and in the classroom," she continued. "You're what makes all of us who are older, like me, understand that America and North Carolina's future is mighty strong."
The event honored the 2010 Shaw football team, and the 2010-2011 men's and women's basketball teams, all of whom won CIAA championships this academic year and advanced to NCAA tournament play.
After Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin thanked Governor Perdue for the reception, she spoke to the student-athletes in attendance. "You have gone on to prove that with very little you can do a lot. We don't have the greatest stadium, we don't have the greatest set of resources, but what we have is heart, and what we have is endurance, and what we have is perseverance."
The football team won the CIAA championship, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, finishing the year with a school-best 9-3 record.
The men's basketball team won the CIAA Tournament, and made it to the regional semi-finals in the NCAA Tournament. They finished the season with a 23-9 record.
The women's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Tournament with their win of the CIAA Tournament, and advanced as far as the Final Four for the first time in Shaw women's basketball history. With a 25-12 record, they finished the season ranked 12th in the nation.
After the event, President McClaurin stated that from this point forward, Shaw University will be known as the home of Champions.