Softball Earns OVC Team Sportsmanship Award
Thursday, June 4, 2009

Nashville --- The Tennessee State University softball team is the recipient of the 2008-09 Team Sportsmanship Award for softball, as announced by the Ohio Valley Conference on Thursday.  


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 of evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.


“On behalf of our softball student athletes, our staff, our administrators and our fans at Tennessee State University, we are honored to receive the OVC softball team sportsmanship award,” commented head coach Joyce Maudie. “This award is significant because we know the emphasis that the OVC places on sportsmanship and it is very gratifying to be recognized by our peers in this way.”


The 2008-09 school year marks the fourth year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded. It is the first time Tennessee State softball has earned the award. Softball is the second TSU team to garner sportsmanship honors this season as the men’s track and field indoor squad also received the sportsmanship award.


“The Ohio Valley Conference puts a great deal of value on sportsmanship and respect for your opponent,” said Brad Walker, Interim OVC Commissioner. “Student-athletes are the most visible representatives of their institutions as well as the OVC and we have high expectations on them to show sportsmanlike behavior. The OVC Sportsmanship Award winner should take prided in being honored by their peers as the program that exemplifies the league’s commitment to sportsmanship.”