Arkansas-Monticello earned its second-straight sportsmanship award in women’s cross country.
In 2012, The GAC’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee initiated a sportsmanship award to be presented for all team sports.
The winning school will receive a banner similar to the one presented to GAC tournament championship winners. The goal of the program is for member institutions to promote good sportsmanship among its teams, fans, and all involved with the events.
The winners of the GAC Team Sportsmanship Awards were chosen by league officials and coaches based on a point system.
Ouachita’s football team claimed its second sportsmanship award in the last three years, Harding’s champion women’s soccer team won the honor for a fourth-straight year, the Bisons’ men’s cross-country team scored its first sportsmanship award, Southern Nazarene claimed a pair of sportsmanship awards. The Crimson Storm picked up the first-ever men’s soccer accolade and added the program’s first distinction in women’s basketball.
Southern Arkansas captured its first sportsmanship award in volleyball and Southeastern Oklahoma State picked up its first sportsmanship recognition in men’s basketball – the program’s first sportsmanship honor in any spot.
“These awards tie into the NCAA Division II emphasis on sportsmanship and game environment,” said GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt. “We are proud of these institutions that have displayed success on the scoreboard and in ways that aren’t necessarily reflected in wins and losses.”