FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WINTHROP, Mass. – Lasell College sports information director Emily Machado has been selected as a grant recipient for the June 2017 CoSIDA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Currently in her third year at her alma mater, Machado was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) SID of the Year last summer.
The Convention Grant Attendance Program began in 2014 when 10 recipients were selected. The program doubled in size for 2015 and remains at 20 grants worth $800 apiece. Each grant includes a complimentary convention registration, allowing the grant funds to go toward hotel nights, transportation and per diem. The 2017 convention will be held June 11-14 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.
It will mark the first CoSIDA Convention for Machado, who has twice attended the annual ECAC-SIDA Workshop as part of her professional development.
"I am thrilled to attend the CoSIDA Convention this summer," said Machado. "This is a great opportunity for myself and for the college, and I'm looking forward to connecting with other SIDs across all divisions."
Athletics communicators from Division I (six), Division II (three), Division III (two), NAIA (six), two-year colleges (two) and Canada’s USports (one) are represented. Regional, gender and ethnic diversity is represented as well. Of the 20 winners, 12 have been CoSIDA members for five years or less, while three have been CoSIDA members for 15 years or more.
This year saw a record 88 applicants submit a personal letter indicating their interest in attending and what they hope to learn at the convention, as well as a letter from their supervisor or business manager detailing the school’s inability to fund related expenses. The selection committee is comprised of CoSIDA officers, staff and members of special interest groups within the association.
As part of receiving a grant, each winner will be recognized at one of the convention awards luncheons and will help CoSIDA’s Convention Operations Committee with on-site duties. In addition, recipients will provide written reviews of their experience following the convention.
Founded in 1995, the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) is an NCAA Division III association made up of 12 member institutions and over 3,000 student-athletes across the New England region. Each year, the GNAC sponsors and administers 17 championships, while balancing academic integrity, athletic opportunities and community involvement.
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