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December 9, 2010

Farmingdale State College Recognized By NCAA With National Diversity In Athletics Award

College Only One of Seven in U.S. Honored for Gender Equity

Farmingdale State College has been recognized by the NCAA with a national award, one of only 50 colleges and universities across the country to be cited. Farmingdale's award, in the category of gender equity, was made based on independent research that analyzed gender equity compliance and was only one of seven given nationally.

The award given to Farmingdale was based on the proportion of female athletes relative to the proportion of female undergraduates. Data was collected from all NCAA Division III athletic departments and through questionnaires and archival sources. The data was analyzed by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University.

"We take pride in the success of our athletics program, the performance of our student-athletes in the classroom, and in the positive environment we create for all student-athletes, both male and female," said W. Hubert Keen, President of Farmingdale State College. "I want to commend Athletic Director Mike Harrington and his staff for the excellent job they do in administering a program that is highly successful in every way."

The only other SUNY college recognized was the College of Brockport, in the category of vision and attitudinal diversity. Farmingdale was also the only Division III college on Long Island honored.

Farmingdale's success in gender equity is paralleled by its success on the field. Last year, six Farmingdale teams won conference championships, including the men's basketball team which went on to reach the Elite Eight. Already this year, the women's soccer team captured its third straight Skyline Conference title, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, and the men's soccer team advanced to the championship game of the ECAC playoffs.