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    President Michael A. McRobbie Attends Competitions for All 24 Sports in One Academic Year

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    Aug 27, 2013

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In a remarkable show of support for IU Athletics' roughly 600 student-athletes and 19 head coaches, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie recently completed his tour of attending games and or practices for all of IU's 24 varsity sports programs in one academic year. President McRobbie was a fixture at IU athletic events the entire year and witnessed first-hand one of the finest years in Hoosier history.

    IU Athletics won the NCAA championship in men's soccer, an outright Big Ten title in men's basketball, finished second in the Men's Capital One Cup Standings, went to the College World Series for the first time in the baseball program's history, sent several teams to the postseason, dedicated two new facilities, and produced dozens of All-Americans, given the president and IU fans around the world plenty to cheer about.

    "We cannot thank President McRobbie enough for this extraordinary and unprecedented demonstration of support for IU Athletics," said Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass. "While the McRobbies have always been great supporters of athletics, this special attention to all of our student-athletes on every team means the world to our coaches and student-athletes, and is testament to their commitment to having one of the most successful and broad based athletics departments in the country."

    Late last summer, President and Mrs. McRobbie thought of attending competitions for all of IU's varsity teams as a way to get to know and interact with IU Athletics' coaches and student-athletes.

    The president's presence left a lasting impression on many student-athletes and coaches, including women's tennis coach Lin Loring.

    "President and Mrs. McRobbie hosted the women's tennis team for dinner after we won the Herbert Award," Loring recalled. "It was a Thursday night and he commented at dinner that he would like to come to a match sometime. The ladies all suggested he come to our home match that Saturday. I think he caught the team by surprise when both he and Mrs. McRobbie showed up and cheered us on for the entire match. Our players thought it was great and we were really appreciative. It was really nice."

    Added: IU men's soccer student-athlete Harrison Petts: "We are fortunate to have tremendous support from President McRobbie and the university. As a player it gives you that extra sense of pride to represent IU." IU's 2013-14 season kicked off last week with the women's soccer team getting the Hoosiers off to a fast start with two shutout victories. President McRobbie has already made his presence known on the playing field this fall, by attending a football practice during which we spoke to the players and coaches.

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