- In addition to Emmert's keynote speech, the evening was highlighted by the introductions of former Winthrop student-athletes and coaches who were members of one of the15 Teams of Distinction that were honored for a memorable achievement.
- In explaining the value of intercollegiate athletic programs at schools such as Winthrop, Emmert told the audience that the graduation rates for student-athletes on average across the nation is 88 percent while the national graduation rate is under 60 percent.
Winthrop University, "NCAA President Said NCAA Helps Student-Athletes with Life Skills" (2011). Winthrop News 2011. 10.