Belmont Abbey College has claimed the annual Messick Award for demonstrating the best overall sportsmanship throughout the conference during the 2012-13 academic year and a league-high seven teams were recognized for having displayed the best sportsmanship in their respective disciplines. Belmont Abbey was crowned the individual sport winners in Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Baseball, Women’s Golf, Men’s Volleyball, Men’s Track and Field and Women’s Track and Field.
“The goal for Belmont Abbey College Athletics is to achieve virtue and excellence in all arenas of competition,” Director of Athletics Stephen Miss said. “Being named the Messick Sportsmanship Award winner for the second year in a row by our fellow Conference Carolinas members is a testament to that commitment and to Dr. Thierfelder’s vision. I would like to thank all our student-athletes, coaches, and support staff for their contributions as well as applaud each and every one of the member institutions that comprise Conference Carolinas and our Conference Office for their collective emphasis of sportsmanship.”
The overall and individual sports awards reflect the vision of Belmont Abbey College President Dr. William Thierfielder, who stresses sport as a means of developing virtue and fair play. The sport-specific Sportsmanship Awards are determined using a voting process implemented by Athletics Directors, which calls for a coach and student-athlete representative to vote together and evaluate the sportsmanship exhibited by conference opponents’ players, coaches and fans during the regular season. After votes have been submitted, the conference office averages the results and the institution with the highest average for each conference sport is awarded the respective Sportsmanship Award. At the conclusion of the academic year, the institution that has the highest combined average among all conference-sponsored sports is awarded with the Messick Award, which is the highest sportsmanship honor within the conference. As an NCAA Division II member, Conference Carolinas prides itself on creating a positive game environment through sportsmanship to ensure a positive experience for student-athletes and fans alike.