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June 9, 2011
Greensboro, N.C. - Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today the league's 2010-11 Sportsmanship Award winners. Florida State sophomore cross country student-athlete Darrin Gibson and Duke senior golf student-athlete Kim Donovan were honored individually while the team award went to Florida State’s Men’s Track & Field.
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.
Gibson, a biology major from Tampa, Fla., showed an incredible act of sportsmanship during a cross country meet when a competitor from the University of South Florida pulled his hamstring. Gibson stopped and carried the individual for the remainder of the race across the finish line.
Donovan, from Hopkinton, Mass., showed both humility and strong ethical conduct in the 2011 ACC Golf Championships after her ball moved from the wind. She called an infraction on herself, costing her a stroke despite the fact that no one had noticed the ball move.
Following two years of tense competition at the ACC Indoor Track & Field meets, the Florida State Seminoles Men’s Track & Field team gathered for a gesture of sportsmanship following their loss to the Virginia Tech Hokies. The team gathered for a post-meet handshake, a rare gesture in track & field, and congratulated their opponents on a hard fought victory.
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.