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Tanner nominated for humanitarian efforts

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South Carolina baseball Coach Ray Tanner has been nominated for the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Awards in the coach category.

The nomination was announced Monday by the group Celebrate Positive.

The award, viewed as a 21st century peace prize, honors and recognizes individuals, businesses, athletes, sports teams, entertainers and schools around the world for their positive contributions.

The 2010 Positive Peace Award nominees are judged by the United Nations NGO Voting Academy comprised of United Nations NGOs, such as Rotary International, Pathways to Peace, and Sister Cities International. The Voting Academy will use an established criteria of a coach's community involvement and impact on their community to determine this year's winner.

"Celebrate Positive congratulates Ray Tanner for exemplifying what giving back to the community means" said Scott Pederson, president and CEO of Celebrate Positive. "Coach Tanner is not only a winner on the field. He is a winner off the field as well."

"Coach Tanner's success on the baseball field, as illustrious and unprecedented as it is, nonetheless pales in comparison to what he has given back to the university and to the Columbia community," said Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina. "He has selflessly converted his personal accomplishments into a tremendous dedication to achieving the greater good. We are blessed at the University of South Carolina to have Ray Tanner the coach, but we are doubly blessed to have Ray Tanner the humanitarian."

Tanner was nominated by Oliver Gospel Mission for his personal involvement with the organization which included helping pack 500 boxes for needy families throughout the Midlands for Thanksgiving, and for his financial contribution through the Ray Tanner Foundation.

"Coach Tanner has a true heart for the homeless", said Wayne Fields, President/CEO of the Oliver Gospel Mission "He and his family have been helping the Mission over the years not only with their time but financially as well. We are excited to have him back again as this year's spokesperson."

The winner of the sports categories for 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award will be announced in mid December.