Cougar Club Newsletter 2-09-09

Coach Mendenhall’s 2009 Recruiting Presentation

Highlights of Coach Mendenhall’s National Letter of Intent Day presentation are now available on-line. To view highlights of the coach’s comments and bios of BYU’s 2009 recruits, go to www.byucougars.com. Club members may also view Coach Mendenhall’s presentation in its entirety by visiting www.cougarclub.com.

Presentations like Coach Mendenhall’s National Letter of Intent Day comments are available exclusively to Cougar Club donors in the Blue Zone on the Cougar Club website.

To log into the Blue Zone, enter your user name (the e-mail address you have given Cougar Club) and password. After you’ve logged in, you will see a menu of video clips that is not available to the public. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, contact Analane in the Cougar Club Office by calling her at 801-422-2583 or sending her an email at Analane_powell@byu.edu.

We invite you to log onto the Cougar Club website frequently for updates about Cougar Club benefits and events, ticket deadlines, tax information, and more. You can also go to the Blue Zone from the Cougar Club main page to see video clips from Cougar Club events, such as presentations by BYU coaches and student athletes, that are not available anywhere else.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day—February 14

BYU will host National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Saturday, February 14 from 1-3 pm in the Smith Fieldhouse Annex. The BYU Athletic Department will host an interactive “carnival style” event featuring BYU female student-athletes. The BYU soccer, volleyball, track & field, cross country, tennis, golf, and swimming & diving teams will be there to interact with girls and boys and other fans from the community. The event is free of charge, and those who attend will receive vouchers to the Women’s Basketball game vs. TCU that afternoon (3 pm in the Marriott Center). We invite you to bring your family, friends, and neighbors to the event.

A study published by the Women's Sport Foundation involving more than 30,000 girls compared athletes to non-athletes.

The study stated that female athletes were more likely than non-athletes to:

score well on achievement tests

feel "popular" among their peers

be involved in other extracurricular activities

graduate from high school (three times more likely)

attend college and obtain a bachelor's degree

stay involved in sports as an adult

aspire to community involvement

not become involved with drugs (92% less likely)

not become pregnant (80% less likely)

(Women's Sports Foundation, 1998).

It is important to realize the many contributions participation in sports can make to young girls' development. The positive aspects of sport can help girls maintain their self-esteem as they make the difficult transition from grade school to high school. We invite you to participate in this great event and help plant the seeds of sports participation for girls in our community.

Salt Lake Chapter Luncheon—February 19

The Salt Lake Chapter Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 19, at 12 noon at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building in Downtown Salt Lake City. Coach Paul Tidwell, BYU Football Recruiting Coordinator, will be the featured speaker. The doors will open at 11:45 am. The cost of the luncheon is $15 for club members, $17 for club member guests, and $20 for non-club members.

To attend this event, please RSVP and pre-pay by calling the Cougar Club Office at 800-426-4298.

Utah County Chapter Luncheon—March 5

The next Utah County Chapter Luncheon will be on Thursday, March 5, at the Cougar Room in LaVell Edwards Stadium. Coach Dave Rose, BYU Men’s Head Basketball Coach, will be the featured speaker. The doors will open and lunch will be served at 11:30 am. The program will begin at noon. Lunch will be provide for the first 300 people, by luncheon sponsors Brick Oven Restaurant and Swire Coca Cola. Your Cougar Club Membership Card must be presented to attend this event; two people will be admitted per membership card.

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