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Congratulations AUK Athletes, 2011 UCC Champions!

After a month and a half of seasonal play and two weeks of playoffs, the American University of Kuwait (AUK) has won the 2011 University Championship Cup (UCC) for the fourth time. This year's UCC trophy race was extremely close; the outcome of the men's and women's soccer finals determined the winner. When the points were tallied, AUK edged out the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK ) by one point and the Gulf University for Science & Technology (GUST) only trailed by two points. This neck and neck competition showed the importance of each game. The four first places AUK received from tennis and basketball teams gave AUK a whopping 20 points. However, the AUK women's table tennis team's key victory over ACK in the semi-finals made all the difference when it came down to the points total. AUK Athletics showed a tremendous amount of determination, spirit, and talent this year. They truly deserve the title UCC 2011 Champions!

The UCC is currently a sports tournament amongst private universities in Kuwait. It was established in 2006 and has taken place a total of five times. Out of those five competitions, AUK has been crowned UCC Champion four times. GUST was the previous UCC Champion, making it the only other university to win. AUK, ACK, and GUST have competed in every UCC competition. Other universities have been involved in the past, such as the Arab Open University (AOU) and Kuwait University. With a new UCC committee organizing the tournament, it is hoped that next year's UCC will involve more private universities than ever before. The American University of the Middle East / American College of the Middle East, as well as Boxhill College, are being considered as possible participants. It is even hoped that AOU will rejoin, once their temporary hold has been resolved.

UCC 2011 involved five intercollegiate sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and table tennis. Sport venues were provided by the participating universities, allowing the UCC to take place on various campuses. This year AUK hosted table tennis, ACK hosted soccer and tennis, and GUST hosted basketball and volleyball. Next year's UCC may involve a couple of new sports. Swimming and squash are being seriously considered. The UCC begins with seasonal play for each sport. Universities play each other a number of times and are then ranked on their win/loss record in each sport. Once seasonal play is finished, playoff brackets are then created based on rank. During the playoffs, universities' performance is recognized on a point basis. 1st Place = 5 points; 2nd Place = 3 points; 3rd Place = 2 points. At the conclusion of the playoffs, the points are then tallied up for every sport and the university with the most total points is awarded the UCC trophy.

The UCC committee is already planning UCC 2011-2012. In addition to having more universities and more sports, they intend to expand the UCC from a two month tournament to a year-long athletic competition. This would allow the UCC to be broken up into seasons, allowing each sport to shine in its own respect and giving student-athletes the opportunity to be involved in multiple sports. It would also create longer seasonal play, which means more games for each team to compete in. Hopefully next year's UCC will be even better than this year's.

A special thanks to all the students, faculty, and staff that came out to support the AUK teams in this year's UCC. Your cheering and motivation created an exciting atmosphere that pushed our student-athletes to perform at the next level. Thank you for showing your Wolf Pack spirit!

AUK Athletes with their medals and trophies with Sports Coordinator Trevor Taylor

AUK Director of Student Life Damian Medina with AUK Sports Coordinator Trevor Taylor

Released by the PR & Marketing Department on the 1st June 2011

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