RICHARDSON, Texas - Artwork created by Howard Payne University freshman tennis student-athlete Marshal McIntosh will be used on all American Southwest Conference championship T-shirts for the 2012-13 academic year, the league office announced on Thursday (Oct. 11) after a vote of the conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
McIntosh won the conference's seventh annual ASC Championship T-shirt Design Challenge, which is open to all students of member institutions.
It is the second time the winning design has come from Howard Payne, as communications major Jenny Janda won the inaugural competition back in 2006-07. McIntosh, a San Saba, Texas, native, is the first freshman to win the contest.
McIntosh's design features the official conference logo and its red, white and blue color scheme, but with the word "CHAMPIONS" in the middle where "ASC" would normally go. The "ASC" letters instead sit on the top of the conference logo, with "2012" and "2013" to each side. In the background are light blue, three-dimensional shapes scattered throughout.
"I wanted to keep the ASC logo but really emphasize the word ‘Champions' because it would be such an honor to win a championship in our conference," McIntosh said. "As for the background, I don't really have a word to describe it. I just wanted something neat with different shapes. It kind of turned out to look like diamonds."
The design will be displayed large on the front of white, short-sleeved T-shirts that all conference champions will receive immediately following their victories. Individual sport logos will appear on a smaller scale in blue on the back of the T-shirt, just below the collar.
McIntosh plans on playing tennis for four years for head coach Sally Brown and receiving his bachelor's degree in public and media communications with a minor in either marketing or Christian studies in May of 2016. McIntosh wants to eventually work in marketing, specifically for churches.
The first conference championship event of 2012-13 will be cross country on Oct. 27 in Clinton, Miss.
ASC CHAMPIONSHIP T-SHIRT DESIGN CHALLENGE ALL-TIME WINNERS
2012-13: Marshal McIntosh, Fr., Public and Media Communications Major, Howard Payne University
2011-12: Pete Farris, Jr., Graphic Design Major, Mississippi College
2010-11: Derek Walker, Jr., Graphic Design Major, Mississippi College
2009-10: Jessica Millis, Sr., Graphic Design Major, Mississippi College
2008-09: R.C. Waters, Gr., Art Education Major, Hardin-Simmons University
2007-08: Chad Hilton, Sr., Computer Graphic Design Major, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
2006-07: Jenny Janda, Sr., Communications Major, Howard Payne University
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