For Immediate Release
April 5, 2011
Contact: Sherri Fillingham
Phone: 919-546-8250/919-623-9494: Mobile
April 5 Proclaimed Shaw Athletics Day in Raleigh
(Raleigh, NC) – Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker officially proclaimed April 5, 2011, Shaw Athletics Day in recognition of the university’s three CIAA Championship teams in a brief ceremony held at the beginning of Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
In front of a full council chamber, the Shaw men’s and women’s basketball teams received a standing ovation just before the proclamation was read.
In part, the proclamation stated that “Shaw University further burnished Raleigh’s illustrious athletic history when its men’s and women’s basketball teams claimed both of the CIAA’s tournament championships,” and also recognized the Shaw football team which won the CIAA Football Championship in the fall.
The proclamation was presented to Shaw President Dr. Irma McClaurin.
PHOTO CAPTION: Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeks reads the proclamation designating April 5 as Shaw Athletics Day as Shaw President, Dr. Irma McClaurin, looks on.
Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational liberal arts University, that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills. The Shaw University athletic department has a long history of success, including back-to-back CIAA Football Championships (2007 and 2008), four straight women’s basketball championships (2002/03 – 2005/06), the reigning six-time men’s tennis champions, and the reigning two-time women’s tennis champions. The Bears also won the "big three" this year, sweeping the CIAA championships in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.