CHICAGO – The Saint Xavier University Office of Sports Information will unveil a new feature for the start of the 2012-13 academic year with "Cougar Close-Ups," a video profile of some of your favorite SXU student-athletes. The first installment of "Cougar Close-Ups" is set to launch on Thursday, September 13, and will be released weekly on the Saint Xavier University Athletics website (www.sxucougars.com) as well as on SXU Athletics social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter). As the year progresses, fans of Cougar Athletics may have the opportunity to vote on who they want highlighted for upcoming "Cougar Close-Ups" through online and social media polls. Greg Pilafas, an intern with the Saint Xavier University Office of Sports Information, is expected to head the project as part of his senior internship for the SXU Communications Department.
"When Greg and I sat down to discuss this project, it really sold itself," said Rob Huizenga, Saint Xavier University Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information. "Fans and followers of Cougar Athletics are always hungry for more creative ways to be engaged and learn more about their favorite student-athletes and this fit the bill perfectly. Many of our fans only get to see our student-athletes on the field or court and these video profiles will give them a chance to see a different side."
Every installment of "Cougar Close-Ups" will feature two student-athletes from two different sports each week and the profiles are expected to be released each Thursday until the end of November. Some of the profiles will highlight recent individual athletic performances, while others will feature fun or interesting aspects of the student-athlete. Cougar fans also will have the chance to e-mail potential interview questions to firstname.lastname@example.org for future profiles. In special cases, certain members of the Saint Xavier University coaching and support staffs may also be featured in certain installments.