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    SAAC President MaryKate Imrie.
    SAAC President MaryKate Imrie.

    UIC Announces Inaugural `Night to Ignite'

    March 12, 2014

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    CHICAGO - UIC's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently announced its plan for the inaugural `Night to Ignite', an evening of glitz and glam that is solely dedicated to the efforts of UIC student-athletes.  The night will be highlighted by several major awards, including Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Best Upset, Weight Room All-Star, among several others.  The event will take place on May 1 at the UIC Forum, beginning at 6 p.m. CT.

    See below for a complete listing of all the awards.

    "It will be the Academy Awards for UIC Athletics," said UIC SAAC President MaryKate Imrie.  "Our goal is to provide a fun and entertaining night for all the athletes.  I think this will be a great addition to the student-athlete experience for many years to come."

    Nominations for all awards are due by Monday, April 14.  Click here to nominate.  Nominations may also be sent directly to Ryan Ptak at ryanptak@uic.edu.

    Awards voting will take place on Tuesday, April 22, at the monthly SAAC meeting as each teams' representatives will have one vote per category.

    A video montage of UIC student-athletes singing the school's fight song will be unveiled as well.  Videos must be submitted to Brad Taylor at bctaylor@uic.edu by Friday, April 18.

    There will also be a slideshow of student-athlete photos that will run prior to the event.  Please submit those images to Mike Laninga at mlaninga@uic.edu by Tuesday, April 22.  Pictures may include team road trips, meals, memorable and/or funny moments, etc...

    Be sure to tweet about `Night to Ignite' by using the hashtag #UICIGNITE.  Please stay tuned to UICFlames.com and materials in the Port Academic Center for developing information.

    Complete listing of all `Night to Ignite' awards

    Rookie of the Year
    Presented to a male or female student-athlete in their first year of competition at UIC who made a significant impact in his/her sport for the current season. The rookie of the year has to have competed in 75% of the competitions for their team.

    Best Upset
    Presented to the individual or team who has completed the best, most impressive or most significant upset of the 2013-14 athletic year. This upset moment should reflect a victory that others would feel was unexpected.

    Sportsmanship Award
    Presented to the team and individual that exemplifies and continuously promotes integrity and sportsmanship on and off the Field.

    Coach of the Year
    Presented to a coach who not only has a successful record with their sport, but who has many other attributes such as; good rapport with other staff and student-athletes, involvement with UIC outside of their sport, and community involvement. It should be evident that this coach has a good reputation among the Horizon League and of course, bleeds fire engine red and navy blue.

    Training Room All-Star
    Presented to a male or female student-athlete who has spent tireless hours in the athletic training room rather than on the field. This student-athlete has the trainer's phone number on speed dial and refers to the trainer as their best friend.

    Weight Room All-Star
    Presented to a male or female student-athlete who has spent tireless hours in the weight room. This student-athlete has Nick and/or Drew's phone numbers on speed dial and refers to them as their best friend. They are also frequent members of the power Inc. club having their name permanently written in dry erase marker on the board.

    Breathes Fire
    Presented to the male or female student-athlete who best represents UIC. This person should exhibit much pride not only in competition, but also in cheering on his/her own teammates & fellow flames and breathe fire for the Flames.

    Best Comeback
    Presented to the individual or team with the best comeback in the 2013-2014 school year. This team started the competition off slowly but then found the fire and pulled out a victory that was talked about for weeks and utterly unforgettable.

    Lifetime Achievement
    Presented to a UIC athletic alumni who has continually been a supporter and positive contributor to the UIC athletic family. This person is a true ambassador for UIC and exudes their love for their alma mater.

    Female Athlete of the year
    Presented to the most valuable female student-athlete who has exhibited an outstanding athletic performance throughout the 2013-14 athletic year. This award is based off of statistics, league & national awards, record-breaking performances, and individual and/or team achievements.

    Male Athlete of the year
    Presented to the most valuable male student-athlete who has exhibited an outstanding athletic performance throughout the 2013-14 athletic year. This award is based off of statistics, league & national awards, record-breaking performances, and individual and/or team achievements.

    Male Flame Thrower
    Presented to the UIC male senior student-athlete that represents what it means to be the ultimate Flame. Nominees must have a GA of 3.0 or higher, have a significant impact on their team through athletic performance, take on a leadership role, maintain a positive influence both on and off the field, and have been actively involved in community service projects.

    Female Flame Thrower
    Presented to the UIC female senior student-athlete that represents what it means to be the ultimate Flame. Nominees must have a GA of 3.0 or higher, have a significant impact on their team through athletic performance, take on a leadership role, maintain a positive influence both on and off the field, and have been actively involved in community service projects.