June 10, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- USD senior Kyle Miller (Saratoga, Calif.), a member of the Torero football team, was recognized by the West Coast Conference and institutional Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) groups with this year's male sportsmanship award at the WCC Honors Dinner last Thursday, June 5th at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah.
Miller was recognized by his peers for developing an anti-bullying program called Lace Up Stand Up, which has transformed into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization aimed at educating middle school students about how to take action against bullying. In his nomination, his leadership instructor said, "anyone who interacts with [him] can clearly see the heart, passion and dedication he places in the initiatives he pursues." For his efforts, Miller was recognized as a "Changemaker" on the USD campus, and he continues to teach the youth of today tools that athletes use on the field to promote positive sportsmanship.
Pepperdine University was awarded the 2013-14 West Coast Conference REPRESENT Cup, which is awarded to the member institution that receives the greatest number of Conference sportsmanship points during the academic year. LMU women's basketball player Emily Ben-Jumbo was selected with the female individual sportsmanship award.
The REPRESENT campaign is the West Coast Conference's sportsmanship campaign, which encourages the elevation of teams during competition rather than negative behavior. Since its launch in 2009, the REPRESENT campaign has transformed into a conference-wide celebration of WCC student-athletes' competitiveness, character and commitment to "representing" themselves both on and off the playing field.