Virginia Receives Capital One Cup at ESPY Awards
July 16, 2015
Los Angeles, Calif. – On Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, four representatives of the Virginia athletics department received the Capital One Cup for men’s sports at the ESPY Awards held at the Microsoft Theatre. Attending the ceremony and awards show were men’s tennis coach Brian Boland, men’s soccer coach George Gelnovatch, men’s tennis player Mitchell Frank (Annandale, Va.) and baseball player Thomas Woodruff (Clifton, Va.).
Former Virginia football standout Chris Long was the presenter of the award during the nationally televised show.
A school-record three NCAA men’s championships and a top-10 ranking in men’s basketball led the University of Virginia to its first Capital One Cup all-sports competition championship for men’s sports during the 2014-15 season.
The Capital One Cup competition is based on top-10 finishes in a combination of NCAA brackets and final polls and recognizes the top-achieving programs in college athletics. A separate champion is awarded for men’s sports and women’s sports.
The Virginia men finished with 149 points, earning 60 points for each of its final No. 1 rankings in men’s soccer and baseball, 20 points for its final No. 1 ranking in men’s tennis and nine points for its No. 8 final ranking in men’s basketball.
In addition to the trophy presentation, Capital One presented a check for $200,000 for student-athlete scholarships to the University of Virginia.
“We commend the Virginia athletics department for their first-ever men’s Capital One Cup win,” said Marc Mentry, Senior Vice President at Capital One. “They stayed close to the top of the standings all year, and repeatedly proved their resilience to earn points in soccer, basketball and tennis in addition to their thrilling baseball championship to cap off the season,”