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Lander Named Finalist for NCAA Award of Excellence

Lander has been named one of 21 finalists for the 2020 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, an accolade recognizing campus and community engagement initiatives taken on in the past year.

Lander was chosen a finalist for its Monster Bash and Halloween Walk. The event, which the athletic department has hosted each of the past eight years, is sponsored by the Lander Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is open to the entire Greenwood community. Kids and parents meet Bearcat student-athletes and enjoy games, candy and giveaways.

"The Monster Bash and Halloween Walk is a tradition that encapsulates the wonderful relationship between Lander Athletics and the Greenwood community," remarked athletics director Brian Reese. "We are truly thankful to be recognized a finalist for this award. The efforts of our student-athletes and staff and the time they give help create lasting memories for current and future Bearcat fans."

By being chosen a finalist, Lander will receive $500 towards future community engagement events. A national winner will be chosen on Jan. 25 at the NCAA Convention in Anaheim, Calif. The winner will receive $3,000, the first runner-up will receive $1,500, and the second runner-up will receive $1,250.

A committee of athletics administrators determined this year's finalists, and the national Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will select the winner.

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