ELMHURST, Ill. – Fort Wayne has been honored by its fellow institutions with the 2014-15 Summit League Sportsmanship Award it was announced Tuesday. It marks the second time in school history that the Mastodons have earned the prestigious award with the 2011-12 academic year being the first.
The Summit League Sportsmanship Award is given annually to the institution that is judged by its peers to be the best in the league in living up to the ideals of sportsmanship. Areas for evaluation include student-athlete conduct, staff/administrator conduct, coaches’ conduct and event management.
Southern Utah has won a record five Sportsmanship Awards, followed by Centenary with three and Fort Wayne, Omaha and South Dakota State each capturing a pair of awards. IUPUI, Kansas City and Valparaiso have each earned the honor once.
Commissioner Douple presenting Fort Wayne Athletic Director Kelley Hartley Hutton with the Sportsmanship Award
|Previous Sportsmanship Award Winners|
|2008-09||South Dakota State|
|2010-11||South Dakota State|
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