SOMERSET, N.J. – The Sacred Heart men's basketball and women's track and field teams were awarded Team Sportsmanship Awards by the Northeast Conference on Tuesday, the conference announced.
Earlier this fall, the Sacred Heart football and women's volleyball teams received NEC Sportsmanship Awards as well. The sportsmanship awards, instituted by the school presidents in 2008, are designed to acknowledge the team in each conference sport that, in the opinion of its peers, most closely demonstrates good sportsmanship based on the NEC Principles of Sportsmanship and Standards of Conduct. Voting is conducted at the conclusion of each season by each team and head coach, who rank the teams within the conference based on a set of criteria.
"The NEC has historically placed a very strong emphasis on good sportsmanship, and we continue to see the benefits of that commitment throughout our regular season and championship competition," said Noreen Morris, Commissioner of the Northeast Conference. "This year, 11 of the possible 15 institutions eligible for the award were recognized for their dedication to playing with dignity and respect for their sport and their opponents."