GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today the recipients of the 2008 Spring Sportsmanship Awards. Teams receiving the awards have conducted themselves with a high degree of character and good sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the league's players and coaches.
Virginia Tech was named the recipient of the ACC Sportsmanship School of the Year Award for the 2007-08 academic year. A traveling trophy will be on display for one year at Virginia Tech, which was named the sportsmanship winner in five sports and leads all schools with 19 awards since joining the ACC in 2004.
The conference presents sportsmanship awards for each of its 25 sponsored sports. 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."
Seven schools - Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech - were recognized by their peers as the sportsmanship award winners for the league's 11 sponsored spring sports. The award is the fourth straight for the Virginia Tech women's lacrosse team. The Clemson rowing team is a repeat winner from 2007.
The following is a complete list of the 2008 Spring Sportsmanship Award recipients:
|Men's Golf||Boston College|
|Women's Lacrosse||Virginia Tech|
|Men's Outdoor Track & Field||Georgia Tech|
|Women's Outdoor Track & Field||Boston College|