Spring championships special to air
CBS to spotlight Spring Championships in Sunday broadcast
INDIANAPOLIS -- For the ninth consecutive year, all 88 NCAA championships will receive television exposure, including 18 spring championships being featured in a one-hour special.
"CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA" will air at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, June 19, on CBS Sports.
The show will feature dozens of NCAA student-athletes as they follow their dreams in rowing, lacrosse, water polo, tennis, outdoor track and field and baseball. For the 2010-11 academic year, CBS Sports featured 50 of the NCAA’s 88 championships in its three seasonal shows.
As individuals and teams pursue their ultimate goal to become an NCAA champion, some of the feature stories include:
• Katie Gallagher of the University of Maryland, College Park, the defending Division I women’s lacrosse champions, missed the 2010 championship season due to her battle with Crohn’s disease. Gallagher returned to the field this season and helped her teammates in their quest to repeat as national champions.
• Stephanie Peckham, a junior goalie on the University of California-Berkeley, women’s water polo team, overcame Spondylolisthesis to continue her career as a student-athlete. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra in the lower part of the spine slips out of its proper position onto the bone below it.
• The heartbreaking story of former University of California-Berkeley, rowing coxswain Jill Costello. Costello lost her battle with lung cancer a month after helping the Golden Bears to a second-place finish in the 2010 Division I Women’s Rowing Championships. In this feature, teammates honor her memory as they set their sights on the 2011 national championship.
CBS Sports’ Tracy Wolfson will host this edition of "CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA." The spring highlight program was produced by Deb Boulac, with Alanna Campbell, Todd Keryc, Julie Landa, Steve Murphy and Bill Thayer serving as the feature producers.
CBS Sports has aired 26 seasonal shows from the three NCAA championship seasons (fall, winter, spring) over the past nine years. The June 19th show is the 27th edition of "CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA." Each seasonal show features highlights and unique NCAA student-athlete stories from a variety of NCAA Division I, II and III championships.
For more information about NCAA championships, log on to www.NCAA.com.