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Utah Valley recognized for sportsmanship

Published June 21, 2013 10:35 am

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As it leaves the Great West Conference, the league awarded Utah Valley the Sportsmanship Award. The award is given annually to the GWC member institution judged by its peers to be the best in the conference in living up to the ideals of sportsmanship.

It is the first Great West Sportsmanship Award for the Wolverines after Houston Baptist University claimed the honor the past three years.

"The Great West had its most competitive year on the playing field in 2012-13, but none of our institutions lost sight of what is most important in collegiate athletics - winning with class, losing with grace and giving your all," said GWC Commissioner Ed Grom. "I am proud that all five of our athletic programs received at least one second-place vote in the Sportsmanship Award polling. Utah Valley's success on and off the field begins at the top with President Matthew Holland and Athletic Director Mike Jacobsen. The Wolverines have shown that sportsmanship is an integral part of their athletic department mission by the voting of their peers, and we want to congratulate them on an award well-deserved."

UVU will join the Western Athletic Conference this upcoming season.