VALIC to Sponsor SSC Player of the Week Awards
VALIC has reached an agreement to become the official sponsor of the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) Player of the Week awards for all 16 league sports.
Beginning with the first awards of the 2012-13 academic year – which will be presented on Sept. 4 – the honor will be called the “Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week presented by VALIC.”
“VALIC has been a valuable partner to the Sunshine State Conference and to several of our member schools,” SSC Commissioner Jay Jones said. “This new arrangement allows us a way to formalize our relationship and demonstrates VALIC's commitment in helping our conference maintain our tradition of academic and athletic excellence. We are very grateful for their support, and we will look forward to the weekly honors going to our outstanding student-athletes.”
Each week, the SSC recognizes the most outstanding performers for every conference-sponsored sport that is competing in the championship segment of its playing season. Players of the Week are announced in the SSC Weekly Release and posted to the Sunshine State Conference Facebook page and league Twitter account, @D2SSC. A tab with photos and summaries of each selected honoree also appears at the bottom of the Sunshine State Conference website, sunshinestateconference.com.
For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provider for higher education, as well as for K-12 schools and school districts, healthcare, government and other not-for-profit institutions. VALIC has more than $65 billion in total assets under management and manages plans for nearly 25,000 groups serving nearly two million plan participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc., and VALIC Retirement Services Company.
Located in Winter Park, the Sunshine State Conference is the only NCAA conference headquartered in the state of Florida. Its nine member institutions, all located within the state, are: Barry University (Miami Shores), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg), Florida Southern College (Lakeland), Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), Lynn University (Boca Raton), Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale), Rollins College (Winter Park), Saint Leo University (Saint Leo), and the University of Tampa.
The SSC sponsors 16 intercollegiate sports that compete in NCAA Division II. More than 2,000 student-athletes participate in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball, and women’s rowing.
SSC schools have won 78 NCAA Division II national championships, and the league is the top-rated academic conference in Division II.