Patriot League Sportsmanship Awards
The Patriot League was founded upon the principles of fairness, equality and excellence in academics as well as in athletic participation. It strongly supports the NCAA's core principle: promoting character development of participants and fundamental values such as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. The Patriot League member institutions will ensure that their athletic programs promote and require the highest standards of sporting behavior and ethical conduct by all participants (student-athletes, coaches, staff and faculty). Additionally, the member institutions will require and demand the highest standards from all supporters (bands, cheerleaders, spirit groups, student bodies and spectators).
Host institutions must provide venues that foster an environment of fair play and civility. This will allow the conducting of sporting events that properly showcase the student-athletes, member institutions and the Patriot League as a whole.
The Patriot League is always striving for ways to promote and reward good sportsmanship. In 2006 the Patriot League established the Patriot League Male and Female Sportsmanship awards that are handed out each summer to two worthy student-athletes. Also, throughout the academic year the Patriot League collects nominations for the Patriot League Award of Good Sporting Conduct to recognize and honor exemplary sporting behavior by all student-athletes, coaches, teams as a whole and staff members associated with the intercollegiate athletic program. Below is information about both awards.