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Kansas' Rock Chalk Video Wins National Award
July 30, 2012
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The video department of the Kansas athletics department - known as Rock Chalk Video - won top honors for Best Overall Video Display Presentation in the University Division at the recent Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) convention in Minneapolis.

It was the fourth time in the last 10 years that Rock Chalk Video has won the award, called the Golden Matrix Award (GMA). RCV also won the award in 2002, 2005 and 2008. Mike Lickert is RCV's director.

"We are spoiled with the great work our video department does and this award recognizes just that," KU women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "Our fans are what give us a great home court advantage in Allen Fieldhouse and Rock Chalk Video plays a major role in keeping them involved."

The IDEA awards recognize artistic and technical excellence in the production of big screen video and live events at stadiums, arenas and ballparks. RCV's 2012 entry included examples of live camera work and samples in several other categories including video graphics, headshots, replays, video open/team introductions, sponsor features, scoring sequence, celebration/win sequence, live elements (dance teams, bands, cheerleaders, and mascot), crowd prompts, interactive features and statistics.

"The work that Rock Chalk Video does is amazing. Our (men's basketball) intro video is the best I have ever seen and really gets the Allen Fieldhouse crowd juiced," KU men's basketball coach Bill Self said. "They also keep our fans engaged throughout the game. Congrats to Mike Lickert and his entire crew on this award."

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