Coker's Sharod Williams Nominated for Dunk Contest

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College senior forward Sharod Williams has been nominated by Intersport for the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" competition. The winner will participate in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta during Final Four weekend April 4.

"I am very thankful and honored for the chance to participate in such a great event," Williams said. "More importantly, I am excited to represent Coker College and the Coker basketball program on a national level."

Sixteen dunkers have been selected to compete in the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" Facebook bracket, a five-week knockout competition. Williams, a 6-foot-3-inch forward, faces off against New Mexico State's Bandja Sy in round one.

To watch the contest and vote, visit https://www.facebook.com/collegeslam. Each of the 16 finalists is slotted against another Dark Horse Dunker candidate in the bracket. Fans can access the bracket, watch video of each dunker and vote for their favorite contestant. Fans can vote once per day.

Voting launches at noon on Monday and lasts two weeks, ending at 11:59 a.m. central time Feb. 25. At that time, the dunker with the most votes in each matchup will move to the second round. The dunker left standing at the end of the competition, which is March 18, will be invited to Final Four weekend in Atlanta for the College Slam Dunk contest on ESPN.

About Intersport

Since 1985, Intersport has been an award-winning innovator and leader in the creation of sports and entertainment based marketing platforms. Intersport provides turnkey solutions for global brands by combining two award-winning divisions: Sponsorship & Event Marketing and Television & Digital Media. Intersport owns and operates seven annual live television events: All-Star Football Challenge, College Home Run Derby, College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, Hockey City Classic, National High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, Women's Basketball Tip-Off Classic and the Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.  To learn more about Intersport, log on to www.intersportnet.com.

For more information, contact Chris Dougherty, manager of athletics media relations and marketing, at 843-383-8018 or cdougherty@coker.edu.

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.