N.C. State Senator Recognizes GWU Men’s Basketball Team for First NCAA Appearance

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Sen. Ted Alexander Honors the University with Senatorial Statement

State Sen. Ted Alexander, center, signs a Senatorial Statement congratulating Gardner-Webb and the Men's Basketball Team for its first NCAA Tournament Appearance. Standing on either side of him are Bruce Bridges, a GWU alumnus, and Jackie Bridges, GWU Research and Outcomes Coordinator for the Office of Communications and Media Relations
N.C. State Sen. Ted Alexander (District 44) prepares to sign a Senatorial Statement he prepared to recognize Gardner-Webb University and the Men’s Basketball Team. Standing with him in the N.C. Senate Chamber are Bruce Bridges, a GWU alumnus, and Jackie Bridges, GWU Research and Outcomes Coordinator with the Office of Communications and Media Relations.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—North Carolina State Senator Ted Alexander has submitted a Senatorial Statement to congratulate the Gardner-Webb University Men’s Basketball Team on its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

“Winning the Big South Conference Men’s Basketball Championship was a milestone for Gardner-Webb University and going on to the NCAA Tournament was monumental,” noted Alexander. “Recognizing Gardner-Webb for this achievement is a tribute to the players, the coaches and the entire University and their accomplishments. I’m honored to be able to make this presentation to Gardner-Webb.”

Alexander represents District 44, which encompasses Cleveland, Lincoln and a portion of Gaston counties. The Senatorial Statement will be presented to all 50 senators for approval and signed by Lt. Gov. Dan Forrest for approval by the 50 members. Once approved, the statement will be entered into the senate record. The full text of the statement is shown below.

A Senatorial Statement

Congratulating The Men’s Basketball Team At Gardner-Webb University On Its First NCAA Division I Tournament

WHEREAS, Gardner Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university emphasizing a strong student centered experience and rigorous academics while preparing students to become effective leaders in the global community; and

WHEREAS, Gardner Webb University began from a movement initiated by the Kings Mountain Baptist Association in 1903. Later joined by the Sandy Run Baptist Association, the Boiling Springs High School was chartered on December 2, 1905; and

WHEREAS, the University was named for Governor O. Max Gardner, his wife Fay Webb, and their families for their ardent support of the institution; and

WHEREAS, in January 1993, the institution officially became known as Gardner Webb University. Today, Gardner Webb is a flourishing national institution, with students from 39 states and 19 foreign countries; and

A close up of Sen. Ted Alexander signing the document congratulating GWUWHEREAS, Gardner Webb University offers comprehensive academic programming with more than 60 majors and minors for the undergraduate and graduate student, including a wide variety of online programs as well as hands on opportunities for missions and service; and

WHEREAS, Gardner Webb University also has an outstanding tradition in intercollegiate athletics to complement its academic stature, offering its student athletes a chance to compete in 22 NCAA Division I sports. The men’s basketball team under the leaders of Coach Tim Craft had an outstanding season, earning the University its first NCAA Division I Tournament berth;

NOW, THEREFORE, the men’s basketball team and coaching staff at Gardner Webb University deserve to be recognized and commended for demonstrating excellence in athletics and sportsmanship during the team’s first ever NCAA Division I Tournament appearance.

Located in the North Carolina foothills, Gardner-Webb University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university, Gardner-Webb emphasizes a strong student-centered experience and rigorous academics to prepare students to become effective leaders within the global community. Ignite your future at Gardner-Webb.edu.