High Point, N.C. – Belmont Abbey women’s cross country, Belmont Abbey men’s cross country, King women’s volleyball, North Greenville women’s soccer, and Mount Olive men’s soccer teams were named ‘Team Sportsmanship Award’ winners following the recent completion of the fall season league championships.
These teams were recognized to have demonstrated the best sportsmanship in their Conference Carolinas sport. The designation was voted on by member coaches and student athletes throughout the league.
The 2012 fall sportsmanship team award recipients:
Women’s Volleyball – King College
Women’s Soccer – North Greenville University
Women’s Cross Country - Belmont Abbey College
Men’s Cross Country – Belmont Abbey College
Men’s Soccer – Mount Olive College
“I am so proud of my girls and the way they persevered this season. I think they absolutely earned and deserve this sportsmanship award,” said head coach Rachel Baer. “We spent a lot of time in preseason talking about why we compete and how we can compete in such a way that shows our opponents that Christ in us really does make the difference, as the NGU logo states, and I believe my girls did just that.”
The sportsmanship awards are presented annually to the member institution judged to have exhibited the highest degree of sportsmanship among its players, coaches, and fans during their regular playing season. This year marks the second year that there will be an individual sport ‘Team Sportsmanship Award’ highlighting Conference Carolinas efforts to honor institutions exhibiting sportsmanlike behaviors.
The sportsmanship award is decided using a voting process implemented by Athletics Directors that calls for a coach and student-athlete representative to vote together and judge conference competitors’ sportsmanship. After all the votes have been submitted the conference office averages the results and the institution with the highest overall average in a particular sport is awarded the ‘Team Sportsmanship Award’. These awards will now correspond with the current “Messick Sportsmanship Award” that recognizes the school with the overall best average across all conference sports throughout the year.
“It is an honor to coach such a great group of women who not only have incredible character, but who desire to live their lives in a way that others could see what they believe in,” continued Baer. “This award is quite an honor for our women’s soccer program, and I’m thankful for the support of the conference that they would choose to award it to us.”