Aug. 8, 2011

Dear USBWA Member:

It's time to renew your membership in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for 2011-12! As in year's past, you can join the association or renew your dues online or download the membership application.

Key USBWA Links:
About the USBWA
USBWA benefits FAQ
Online application
Downloadable application
2011-12 Board of Directors
2010-11 Member Directory

Your support of the USBWA is vital as we strive to improve the quality and quantity of services for journalists covering college basketball.

The USBWA directory alone is worth the cost of membership. The directory lists the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of every NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball coach and SID in the country and the writers who cover them.

But there are other reasons for being a USBWA member.

You'll be eligible to enter the best writing contest with winners receiving cash awards.

You can vote on the USBWA all-district and all-America teams for player and coach honors.

You'll receive the organization's Tipoff newsletter during the basketball season and seven issues of Basketball Times.

You'll have free-of-charge access to rivals.com, the No. 1 online source for basketball recruiting information.

Your membership dues will also help fund the USBWA's two college scholarship programs, one to encourage high school and college-age students to enter the sports journalism profession and the other for off-spring of USBWA members who are of college age and are either currently enrolled in a university or planning to attend one after high school.

And you'll be supporting the USBWA's annual contribution to the Kidney Foundation on behalf of legendary great Oscar Robertson, who donated a kidney to his daughter several years ago and for whom the USBWA's player of the year trophy is named after.

Time is of the essence for rejoining. To ensure that you are listed in the 2011-12 USBWA directory, please be sure to renew you membership by Sept. 15 at the latest.

Thank you for supporting the USBWA through the years. Our goal this year is to reach 1,000 members! So we encourage you to rejoin and while you're at it, invite another sportswriter or fellow SID to join as well.

Sincerely,

Lenox Rawlings, Winston-Salem Journal
USBWA President

Joe Mitch
USBWA Executive Director