Men's Basketball Voted USA South Team Sportsmanship Award Recipient

Nina Grauley/ Sports Information
Nina Grauley/ Sports Information

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- For a third 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 Monday.

The men's basketball team, under head coach Neal Young, is one of two Covenant programs to earn a team sportsmanship award in 2017-18, joining the volleyball program. During the 2004-05 academic year, the USA South Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee instituted a conference-wide Sportsmanship Award.

Covenant finished the season 18-10 overall and 10-6 in conference play before advancing to the USA South Tournament championship game.

The conference hands out a Sportsmanship Award for 12 conference-sponsored team sports. For each of the sports, all team members vote for the teams that 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 that 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 four 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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