BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Morehead State men's program is the recipient of the 2007-08 Ohio Valley Conference Team Sportsmanship Award for outdoor track and field. Eastern Kentucky won the women's part of the award.
Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the Conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.
"The OVC places high value on sportsmanship and ethical conduct," said Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher, OVC Commissioner. "Our awards acknowledge excellence and are special because it is recognition that comes from one's peers."
The 2007-08 school year marks the third year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded.
The Eagle men finished sixth at the OVC Championships this season.
"We're proud of this group of young men," said Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson. "Sportsmanship is a key component of our program and to have it recognized through our men's track team is very gratifying."
"We are very pleased that our team is viewed in a positive light by the rest of the OVC," said Morehead State head coach Dan Lindsey. "We enjoy competing in the championship and are grateful other teams recognize what a good group of young people we have at Morehead State."
Implemented in August 2005, the team honors are the most recent addition to an awards program that recognizes and celebrates sportsmanship within the Conference. In 1998, the league established the Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a male or female student-athlete of junior or senior status who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator. Five years later, the Conference added the OVC Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to the member institution selected by its peers to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.
In 1995, the Ohio Valley Conference implemented a first-of-its-kind "Sportsmanship Statement," a policy promoting principles of fair play, ethical conduct and respect for one's opponent. The statement answered the challenge of the NCAA Presidents Commission to improve sportsmanship in collegiate athletics, and has become a model for others to follow across the nation.