Wake Forest Named ACC Sportsmanship School of the Year

July 10, 2006

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest University has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Sportsmanship School of the Year for the second consecutive year, as announced Monday by the conference office. The Demon Deacon men's outdoor track and field team and the men's golf team were also selected as the recipients of the spring sportsmanship awards.

Teams receiving the award have conducted themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the league's players and coaches.

Wake Forest earned the overall award by virtue of winning outright sportsmanship awards in four of its 18 sponsored sports (22.2%). In addition to the men's track and field and men's golf awards, the Demon Deacons received sportsmanship awards in football and men's basketball. The traveling trophy will be on display at Wake Forest for an additional year.

The conference presents sportsmanship awards for each of its 25 sponsored sports. For the second time in the three-year existence of the award, every ACC school was honored as a sportsmanship award winner at least once during the 2005-06 season.

The concept of these awards was created by the ACC Student Athlete Advisory Committee in an effort to recognize teams who earned the utmost regard from their peers during competition. As is stated in the conference's Mission Statement, "It [the ACC] strongly adheres to the principles of integrity and sportsmanship, and supports the total development of the student-athlete and each member institution's athletics department staff, with the intent of producing enlightened leadership for tomorrow."

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