Aug. 10, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women's rowing, which finished fourth in the nation at the 2010 NCAA Championships in June, was named the recipient of the NCAA Division I Sportsmanship Award.
The Cardinal were honored for its various contributions both on and off the water. On the water, Stanford claimed second place at the Pac-10 Championships before turning in a fourth-place effort at the NCAA Championships two weeks later.
Off the water, the Cardinal also showed its customary class by participating in California's "Jog for Jill," a race named in honor of Cal coxswain Jill Costello, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer. Stanford's participation helped raise $45,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. At the annual Big Row between the two schools this past May, both teams participated in the breast cancer awareness event. Stanford rowers wore a pink "Block S" on their uniforms in support of the cause and raced in sea foam green, Costello's favorite color.
Sadly, Jill passed away on June 24, 2010. Before she passed away, Jill was named Director of Public Awareness for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and organized a "Jog for Jill," which will take place on Sept. 12, 2010.
"On behalf of the team, we are extremely touched and honored to receive this award," said Stanford head coach Yasmin Farooq. "It was our privilege to support Jill and the Cal women's rowing team in her fight against lung cancer, and we join her family and her Cal teammates in mourning her loss. She was an inspiration to all of us and we will miss her."
Additionally, the Cardinal also spends each week volunteering with the non-profit organization "Building Futures Now," which is dedicated to making the Bay Area's top public and private schools accessible to high-potential, underserved students from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.
The NCAA Sportsmanship Award honors teams and individuals that exemplify "the good sportsmanship that characterizes the highest level of respect, caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility during competition."