Good sportsmanship is something that makes sport even better than it already is. The ACC and Commissioner John Swofford named the ACC Sportsmanship Award Winners for the 2013-2014 academic year. The three winners were the Duke baseball team, the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Florida State’s Hannah Wilson.
A press release stated “The ACC continues to implement various sportsmanship initiatives, including an emphasis on the importance of integrity between student-athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, alumni and fans.”
To be considered for the award, each school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and their advisors must submit the nominees. Also, the nominees must show good sportsmanship and ethical behavior on a consistent basis during his/her participation in their sport, as well as be in good academic standing.
The Duke baseball team was honored with their sportsmanship award for an off-the-field act of respect. On April 18, 2014, Duke’s baseball team made their way to Blacksburg, Vir. for a series against Virginia Tech. The three game series came just two days after the seven-year anniversary of the tragic shooting which claimed the lives of 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members. When the team arrived on campus, before they did anything else, they stopped at Burruss Hall, where the April 16 Memorial was located, and gave their time with a moment of silence in honor of the lives tragically lost. Duke swept the Hokies (3-2, 13-3 and 2-0) over that weekend.
The other winners of the ACC Sportsmanship Award also went above and beyond. The Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Committee gave snack baskets to each ACC opponent who came to South Bend. The cards that were attached to the baskets read: “We look forward to facing great competition as a new member of the ACC and would like to welcome you to the Notre Dame campus for the first time as a fellow conference member.”
Wilson was awarded the sportsmanship award when she and Pitt’s Lauren Matevish exchanged swim caps. This was Wilson’s way of letting Matevish and the Pitt team know that they are welcome in the ACC.