The Russell Athletic Together We R Team Award honors a team that overcomes unforeseen barriers during the current season and finishes the year with accomplishments that exceeded their expectations. The award is presented during the WBCA Awards Show at the WBCA Convention.
Any college or high school team whose coach is a WBCA member is eligible for consideration.
□ The team must have faced some form of an extraordinary circumstance such as an unforeseen team crisis, barrier or an unfortunate situation that caused extra stress on the performance of the team during the current season.
□ The team must have overcame the situation and exceeded its expectations for the season.
□ The team must exemplify strong commitment to core values of togetherness, courage, unparalleled work ethic and heart, and must personify "Together We R" – the belief that teams are stronger than individuals.
□ The team/athletic department must be able to create and submit to the WBCA a two-minute video in high-defintion format (16x9 aspect ratio, 1080p resolution) in which individuals associated with the team describe and share their recollections of the situation.
Any college or high school coach who is a WBCA member may nominate their team for consideration. The nomination must be submitted by email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
□ Name of the WBCA member submitting the nomination
□ Description of the extraordinary circumstance
□ Description of how the situation affected the team
□ Description of how the team overcame the challenge
Selection of Finalists
A selection committee composed of WBCA past presidents reviews the submissions, discusses the nominees and selects the finalists. The WBCA office then contacts the finalists and provides them with instructions and the deadline for submitting the two-minute video.
Once all finalist videos are received the WBCA uploads the videos to its YouTube Channel where members and fans can view them and vote for their choice of recipient by "liking" the video they believe most deserving of the award.
Selection of Recipient
The selection committee, after viewing the finalists' videos, votes to determine the recipient. The finalist that won the members/fans vote on YouTube receives one additional vote equal to that of a selection committee member in the process.
2017 - Northwestern University and SUNY Geneseo
2016 - SUNY Geneseo
2015 - California University of Pennsylvania
2014 - Colorado Christian University
2013 - Ocean County College
2012 - Oklahoma State University