USA South Presents Sportsmanship Trophy
(FERRUM, VA) - The USA South Athletic Conference recently presented its Sportsmanship Trophy to Ferrum College at the Panthers' football game versus Greensboro on Saturday, October 22. USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs was on hand to present the award to the Ferrum Athletic Department and College President Dr. Jennifer Braaten.
The USA South Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Trophy was established by the USA South Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in 2004 through its commitment to maintaining a sportsmanlike environment on each of the USA South campuses.
There is a Sportsmanship Award for 11 of the 14 Conference-sponsored sports. For every sport, each student-athlete votes for the teams he/she deems to have demonstrated the best overall sportsmanship throughout the season. The team garnering the most votes will receive the sports' Sportsmanship Award. The institution with the most individual sport Awards wins the overall USA South Sportsmanship Trophy.
Ferrum won the Sportsmanship Trophy after picking up the Sportsmanship Award in five sports during the 2010-2011 academic year. This is the first-ever Sportsmanship Trophy for the Panthers who were chosen as individual Sportsmanship Award winners in baseball, men's tennis, women's lacrosse, volleyball and men's soccer.
"This award represents the best in college athletics: fierce competitiveness on the playing field coupled with respect for the opponent, the officials and the game itself," stated Abe Naff, Ferrum Director of Athletics. "Ferrum College is honored to accept this award on behalf of the student-athletes who conducted themselves in the true spirit of competition."