ACC Announces 2013-2014 Sportsmanship Award Winners

Notre Dame SAAC, Duke baseball team, Florida State’s Wilson recognized

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference and Commissioner John Swofford today recognized three ACC Sportsmanship Award Winners for the 2013-14 academic year. The Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Duke baseball team were honored as a group, while Florida State swimmer Hannah Wilson was recognized individually.

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.

Throughout the academic year, the Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) provided a fruit/snack basket at each visiting ACC opponent’s hotel. As new members of the Conference, the Fighting Irish wanted the baskets to provide a warm welcome to ACC teams in their initial visits to South Bend.  The card attached 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.”

On April 18, 2014, the Duke baseball team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, for a weekend ACC series against Virginia Tech. The date came two days after the seven-year anniversary of the school shooting which claimed the lives of 32 Virginia Tech students and faculty members in 2007. When the Duke student-athletes arrived on campus, they made a stop by Burruss Hall, where the entire team lined up by the April 16 Memorial for a moment of silence in honor and remembrance.

Florida State’s Wilson, a senior from Tupelo, Miss., traded her swim cap with Pitt’s Lauren Matevish following a meet involving the two schools. Wilson’s gesture was her way of welcoming the Panthers to the ACC in their first year as league members.

The ACC Sportsmanship Award winners were selected from institutional nominees submitted by each school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and their advisors. To be considered, nominees must consistently demonstrate good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in his/her participation in intercollegiate athletics as well is in the community, and be in good academic standing.