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Nominations Open for National Sportsmanship Award

May 13, 2013

The NAIA is now accepting nominations for the NAIA’s division of the National Sportsmanship Foundation’s “All That’s Right in Sport Award.” The award recognizes an NAIA institution, team or individual for actions in NAIA competition that are clear demonstrations of extraordinary sportsmanship.

The winner will be recognized at the fall National Sportsmanship Foundation Awards Banquet in St. Louis. Expenses for up to two representatives of the winner are covered by the NAIA and the National Sportsmanship Foundation.

Nominations are due online by July 15. See here for award criteria and an online nomination form.

Last year’s recipient of the NAIA-Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) "All that's Right in Sport" Award was the women's basketball team from the College of the Ozarks (Mo.). The Lady Bobcats raised more than $10,000 to benefit the Joplin High School girls basketball team, which lost all of its equipment and uniforms, along with its facility, in the devastating tornado May 22, 2011.Less than six weeks after the tornado, the College of the Ozarks women's basketball team planned and held an alumni basketball game, "Rebound and Rebuild," along with a silent auction and kid's activities. Nearly 25 former Lady Bobcats participated in the game, and the funds helped the Joplin High girls basketball team begin their season last year with new uniforms and equipment. The College of the Ozarks is more than 100 miles away from Joplin, but the women's basketball team wanted to help however they could.

"This is what the College of the Ozarks is supposed to do — the servant leadership that the NAIA espouses," said Lady Bobcats coach George Wilson. "But it wasn't about us. It was about helping Joplin."

To see the full story about the College of the Ozarks efforts, click here.