MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University was honored with an award for the athletic department’s service to the community on Wednesday, according to officials with the Sun Belt Conference.
CCU won the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Community Impact Award for the 2019-2020 academic year, which was voted on by SAAC members in the Sun Belt Conference. The committee chose CCU’s participation in February’s “Night to Shine” event as the most impactful based on originality, impact and reach.
“Night to Shine” is a nationwide movement sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, and offers a prom-like experience for those with special needs ages 14 and older. CCU student-athletes served as “buddies” of the honored guests at The Rock Church in Conway, according to the athletic department. According to the foundation, over 700 churches in 34 countries participated in the event last year.
“This award is a testament of the community involvement our student-athletes enjoy participating in during their tenure at Coastal Carolina University,” said Cari Rosiek, senior woman administrator and associate athletic director for student-athlete enhancement. “The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is proud to accept the SBC Community Impact Award for the 2019-2020 academic year.”
According to the event’s website, next year’s “Night to Shine” will be a fully virtual experience due to COVID-19, with The Rock Church among those listed as host churches.