UT MARTIN EARNS OVC TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD FOR GOLF

May 14, 2014

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – On Wednesday the Ohio Valley Conference announced that the University of Tennessee at Martin is the recipient of the 2013-14 Team Sportsmanship Awards for golf.

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.

“Without sportsmanship there are truly no meaningful victories,” said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. “The recipients of the OVC Team Sportsmanship awards should accept this award with great pride for their fellow competitors have made it clear their teams exemplify the best in intercollegiate athletics. In receiving this prestigious honor other competitors are saying these student-athletes compete with class, respect their opponents and value fair play. That is quite a compliment as those are all traits that will lead to true victories throughout the course of life.”

The 2013-14 school year marks the ninth year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded. It marks the second award for the UT Martin men’s program, last winning the award in 2011-12.

UT Martin finished fourth at the OVC Men’s Golf Championship this season.

“This is a tremendous honor to receive when it come from your peers,” said Jerry Carpenter, UT Martin head coach. “Our golf team strives to treat everyone with respect and they work extremely hard to represent UT Martin with honor and class every time they play. This is a team goal every year.”

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.



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