Men's Basketball Voted USA South Team Sportsmanship Winner

Photo Credit: Saundra Barker / Sports Information
Photo Credit: Saundra Barker / Sports Information

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- For a second consecutive year, the Covenant men's basketball team has been voted as the USA South Team Sportsmanship Award winner for the sport, announced the league on Wednesday.

The men's basketball team is one of three Covenant programs to earn a team sportsmanship award in 2016-17, joining men's soccer and volleyball. During the 2004-05 academic year the USA South Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee instituted a conference-wide Sportsmanship Award.

The conference hands out a Sportsmanship Award for 11 conference-sponsored team sports. For each of the sports, all team members vote for the teams he/she deemed to have demonstrated the best overall sportsmanship throughout the season. The team garnering the most votes receives that sports' Sportsmanship Award.

The institution which wins the most individual sport awards will be presented with the overall USA South Sportsmanship Trophy. The award was developed as a result of the SAAC's commitment to maintaining a sportsmanlike environment on each of our campuses. Covenant has claimed at least a share of the USA South Sportsmanship Trophy in each of the last three years.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hopes that by awarding a Sportsmanship Award, the members of the USA South will understand the importance of this issue. It is vital that good sportsmanship be demonstrated in the arena of competition.

Winter Sportsmanship Award Winners
Men's Basketball - Covenant College
Women's Basketball - Mary Baldwin University

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