USD COYOTES, SDSU JACKRABBITS FOURTH ANNUAL SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES AIMS TO BREAK WORLD RECORD
Since inception, Showdown Series has fed over 330,000 meals to South Dakotans
VERMILLION, S.D. (Nov. 10, 2015) – As part of the Fourth Annual South Dakota Showdown Series, South Dakota Corn, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University will team up in a world record attempt to generate funds to benefit Feeding South Dakota.
During the third quarter of the football game on Nov. 14, 2015, a Coyote cheerleader will attempt to put on 32 or more T-shirts in one minute. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the current world record is set at 31 shirts. For each T-shirt the cheerleader is able to put on, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $100 to Feeding South Dakota. If the record is broken at 32 shirts, South Dakota Corn will make a donation of $3,200 to Feeding South Dakota.
“It’s great to see all of the excitement that is generated throughout the state when these two schools’ sports teams go head-to-head in the Showdown Series,” added Corn Utilization Council President Reno Brueggeman. “The enthusiasm of the loyal fans and students is matched by their generosity as they raise money to help feed hungry South Dakotans through this longstanding rivalry.”
“We are excited to compete in the 4th annual South Dakota Showdown Series as it showcases competition at the Division I level. South Dakota Corn has been a great partner and has provided us a tremendous stage to tout the benefits of healthy competition, academic achievement, sportsmanship and philanthropy,” said South Dakota State University Director of Athletics Justin Sell. “Both schools take great pride in supporting Feeding South Dakota and look forward to raising funds and awareness to the organization’s important work. We hope to add some lifetime memories and create a sense of pride throughout the state as they see our student-athletes model the values that are the cornerstone of what makes South Dakota a great state.”
“The South Dakota Showdown Series has become a source of pride throughout our department, not only because it recognizes the academic and athletic achievements of our student-athletes, but also because of its philanthropic efforts to feed the people of South Dakota. We are thankful to have a strong partner in the South Dakota Corn Council and we look forward to this year’s competition,” said University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster.
In addition to the world record attempt, both universities are raising money to feed hungry families in the state by providing collection boxes in all Vermillion and Brookings First Bank & Trust branches and online at bankeasy.com. Complementing efforts are pledges per mile taken by the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity in support of the Official Game Ball Run from Brookings to Vermillion. Additional monies and awareness will be raised through social media campaigns awarding autographed memorabilia and Showdown tickets, and there are opportunities for fans to donate on game days at the concession areas.
“First Bank & Trust is pleased to serve as a collection point in this effort to support Feeding South Dakota,” said Kevin Tetzlaff, president of First Bank & Trust in Brookings. “As a community bank, it is both our responsibility and our privilege to help Feeding South Dakota and area Ag producers get food to those who need it most. We hope our customers will join us in this effort.”
Both teams launched a social media campaign this season, driving donations to Feeding South Dakota. Fans have the opportunity to win autographed memorabilia, Showdown Football game tickets or team apparel, by donating to Feeding South Dakota and liking the posts on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthDakotaStateUniversity and Facebook.com/UniversityofSouthDakotaAthletics.
The Series is structured against a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and Conference Championships between SDSU and USD, in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. Points are also awarded for athlete’s GPAs and philanthropic efforts. In its three years, the South Dakota Showdown Series, with the help of South Dakota Corn and Coyote and Jackrabbit fans, has raised over $66,000 for Feeding South Dakota equating over 330,000 meals for hungry South Dakotans.
Feeding South Dakota is the state’s hunger relief organization fighting to eliminate hunger in South Dakota. Feeding South Dakota assists in providing temporary food assistance to 21,000 hungry South Dakota families and individuals each week.
Leading the charge for this initiative with South Dakota Corn and the two universities are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for nearly 120 collegiate properties. For additional information, visit Learfield Sports (www.learfieldsports.com); South Dakota Corn Utilization Council (www.sdcorn.org) or Feeding South Dakota (www.feedingsouthdakota.org).
— 30 —
USD COYOTES PREVAIL OVER SDSU JACKRABBITS IN THIRD ANNUAL ‘SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES’
Coyotes Top Jacks 14-13 in a Tight Race for Bragging Rights of the Season-Long, In-State Rivalry
VERMILLION, S.D. (May 21, 2015) – South Dakota Corn Utilization officials announced today the University of South Dakota is the 2014 -15 winner of the “South Dakota Showdown Series”, a point-based, athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals.
The third year of the Showdown Series did not disappoint, with the battle lasting all the way through the final event of the 2014 -15 academic year. The Summit League Track and Field meet played host as the last athletic competition between the two schools, with USD nabbing two points to take an 11-10 overall lead.
Both universities succeeded in the academic achievement portion of the competition, earning a maximum of three points toward the final total for all student athletes maintaining a cumulative grade point average above 3.0. Presented by South Dakota Corn, the Showdown Series is structured on a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and conference championships between SDSU and USD in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. For a complete breakdown of point totals against the sport won by the respective university in the 2014-15 year, visit http://sdcornshowdown.com/.
“The South Dakota Showdown Series shines a light on the exceptional student-athletes that represent our great state,” said University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster. “We are thankful and proud to partner with the South Dakota Corn Council in recognizing the academic and athletic achievements of our athletic programs as well as the philanthropic efforts to feed many South Dakotans.”
A crucial element to the Showdown Series is the focused effort demonstrated by both universities all year long to assist Feeding South Dakota, the competition’s designated non-profit organization. Showdown Series title sponsor, South Dakota Corn presented a check to Feeding South Dakota totaling $21,000 for the 2014 -15 year. South Dakota Corn matched the funds raised in the head-to-head contests to benefit Feeding South Dakota, providing more than 100,000 meals to those in need throughout the state.
“This rivalry has flourished since these universities made the move to Division I and it’s been nice to see the great show of sportsmanship from both schools. What’s really impressive is that these athletes are also leaders in the classroom,” said Corn Council President Reno Brueggeman. “And although the universities are rivals, they’re partners when it comes to fighting hunger through their commitment to Feeding South Dakota. We can all be proud of them for that.”
“We continue to be blessed by our partnership with the South Dakota Showdown Series and South Dakota Corn,” said Matt Gassen, Executive Director of Feeding South Dakota. “The support of these two great universities, their administrations, alumni, fans and student athletes is so amazing. This year’s gift of $21,000 raised during each of the head-to-head athletic contests and matched by South Dakota Corn will help provide over 100,000 meals to struggling families across our state,” Gassen said. “It is so rare that in the midst of athletic competition there are so many caring people who are willing to provide assistance to those who are facing life’s greatest challenges.”
Leading the charge for this initiative with South Dakota Corn and the two universities are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for nearly 100 collegiate properties. Other Learfield Sports’ schools hosting rivalry series include Oklahoma/Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series) and Iowa/Iowa State (Cy-Hawk Series).
— 30 —
(Nov. 19, 2014)
Showdown Series fights hunger in South Dakota
VERMILLION, S.D.—Fans can participate in the state’s biggest rivalry by donating funds to feed hungry families in South Dakota.
Saturday’s football match-up between South Dakota and South Dakota State is part of the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series, which tracks athletic and academic performance among student athletes of both universities and aims to create awareness and raise funds for hungry families in South Dakota.
“During the first two years of the Showdown Series, South Dakotans showed their generosity by donating enough money and food to provide tens of thousands of meals for those who are less fortunate,” said Mark Gross, president of the Corn Utilization Council. “As we enter the holiday season, this is a perfect time to step up once again to help those who are down on their luck.”
Feeding South Dakota, the state’s largest hunger relief organization, is the philanthropic organization benefitting from the Showdown Series. First Bank & Trust has joined the South Dakota Corn Council in support of the Showdown Series for Feeding South Dakota. Leading up to the game, fans are encouraged to make donations at their local First Bank & Trust branch or online at bankeasy.com.
“Fishback Financial Corporation, through our 16 First Bank & Trust locations, is happy to serve as the collection point for donations to Feeding South Dakota as part of the USD/SDSU Showdown Series,” said David Waligoske, President/CEO of Fishback Financial Corporation. “We have a lot of fun with the rivalry within our organization, having locations in each of the college towns and employing many graduates of both universities. It’s nice to see the rivalry fuel donations to a great cause.”
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity members from both universities will participate in a 137 mile run from Vermillion to Brookings benefiting Feeding South Dakota. The group is taking pledges/donations per runner and mile in order to help the Showdown Series fight hunger in South Dakota. Around 40 students will leave the DakotaDome at 8 a.m. Friday. Once in Brookings, the group will present the game ball to South Dakota State University President, and fellow fraternity member, David Chicoine.
The South Dakota Corn Utilization Council will be distributing Showdown Series rally towels to commemorate the event and serve as a reminder to help hungry families in South Dakota. The rally towels will be available to the first 5,000 fans on the east side of Coughlin-Alumni Stadium.
Special videoboard messages from South Dakota State student athletes will emphasize to fans and players the importance of the Showdown Series’ sportsmanship initiative.
South Dakota leads South Dakota State 3-2 in the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series point standings, following the 2014 volleyball, soccer and cross country match-ups. The series is in its third season and the 2014-15 winner will be announced at the conclusion of the athletic and academic year.
SDSU JACKRABBITS TOP USD COYOTES IN SECOND ANNUAL “SOUTH DAKOTA SHOWDOWN SERIES”
Jacks Bested Coyotes 18-9 in Season-Long, In-State Rivalry Competition
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (May 29, 2014) – South Dakota Corn Utilization officials announced today that South Dakota State University again will hold bragging rights another full year as winner of the “South Dakota Showdown Series”, a point-based, athletic and academic competition between the two in-state university rivals.
Following the 2012-13 athletic season – the Showdown Series’ inaugural year – the SDSU Jackrabbits bested the University of South Dakota Coyotes with a score of 14-13, while at the conclusion of this season, the Jackrabbits came out on top with a score of 18-9.
Overall, both universities succeeded in the academic achievement portion of the 2013-14 competition, earning a maximum of three points toward the final total. Presented by South Dakota Corn, the Showdown Series is structured against a point system in which each school can earn 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and conference championships between SDSU and USD in a total of 17 men’s and women’s sports. For a complete breakdown of point totals against the sport won by the respective university, visit http://sdcornshowdown.com/.
“For years, this storied rivalry has captivated our state on the fields of play. Now, the South Dakota Corn Showdown Series spotlights academic and philanthropic achievements in addition to athletics,” said Justin Sell, Director of Athletics, South Dakota State University. “We’re proud to showcase the successes of our student athletes, celebrate their victories and help them become lifelong champions.”
“The South Dakota Corn Showdown Series has enhanced a great rivalry by providing outstanding exposure to the achievements of both institutions. We congratulate SDSU on their victory this year and look forward to the series for years to come,” said University of South Dakota Director of Athletics David Herbster.
— more —
SDSU Jacks Win South Dakota Showdown Series/Page 2 of 2
A critical complement to the Showdown Series is the concerted effort demonstrated by both universities all year long to assist Feeding South Dakota, the competition’s designated non-profit organization. In February, a total of 3,583 backpacks were filled when USD and SDSU athletic departments, student athletes and Learfield Sports’ personnel teamed up for Feeding South Dakota’s BackPack program. Additionally, nearly 32,000 meals from monetary donations and pounds of food collected during the entire athletic season have gone to directly benefit families in the immediate region.
“The way these two universities put their rivalries aside to provide us vital assistance all year long is remarkable,” said Feeding South Dakota’s Executive Director Matt Gassen. “Being aligned with the Showdown Series has meant so much to us and the families we help every day, and we really can’t thank the schools and South Dakota Corn enough for their ongoing support.”
“We are proud to be a part of this historic rivalry between state’s two largest universities featuring the state’s top student-athletes,” said South Dakota Corn Utilization Council President Mark Gross. “With its enormous popularity, the Showdown Series offers our organization a unique opportunity to tell the story of the state’s number one industry, agriculture to an ever growing fan base.”
Spearheading this initiative with the South Dakota Corn and the two universities are Jackrabbit Sports Properties and Coyote Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holders for SDSU Athletics and USD Athletics respectively. Both are properties of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for 99 collegiate properties. Other Learfield Sports’ schools hosting rivalry series include Oklahoma/Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series) and Iowa/Iowa State (Cy-Hawk Series).
— 30 —
Showdown Series food drive to benefit Feeding South Dakota
(Feb. 20, 2014) – The annual Showdown Series challenge between the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University continues on the basketball court and also in grocery aisles.
From Saturday, Feb. 22 through Sunday, March 2, Coyote and Jackrabbit fans will deposit food in barrels at seven Hy-Vee grocery stores in Sioux Falls as well as Hy-Vee stores in Brookings and Vermillion. All food that’s collected will be donated to Feeding South Dakota.
The food drive will conclude after basketball games between the men’s teams March 1 in Brookings and the women’s teams March 2 in Vermillion. Cash donations also can be made at the games or by calling Feeding South Dakota at 605-335-0364.
The drive is a partnership involving Coyote Sports Properties, Jackrabbit Sports Properties, Hy-Vee, Feeding South Dakota and South Dakota Corn, which sponsors the Showdown Series.
A similar drive held last November raised 35,360 pounds of food for Feeding South Daktoa, the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. That food provided 29,467 meals.
The Showdown Series is a yearlong athletics and academic competition between the state’s two NCAA Division I universities.
Food will be distributed locally through food banks and pantries. Items that are collected in Brookings and Vermillion will be given out through food pantries operated by local churches.
To track the Showdown Series standings, visit sdcornshowdown.com/