St. Cloud, Minn. - Southwest Minnesota State University was named winner of the 2012-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Sportsmanship Award Wednesday evening at the annual NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet in St. Cloud, Minn. The award was presented by NSIC Commissioner Butch Raymond to SMSU director of athletics Chris Hmeilewski, marking the first time that SMSU has been presented with the honor.
SMSU is one of just five institutions to receive the distinct honor. Since its inception in 2008, only Northern State (2007-08), Bemidji State (2008-09 and 2010-11) the University of Mary (2009-10) and Wayne State (2011-12) have received the honor.
"We are honored to receive the NSIC Sportsmanship award. It takes a team effort to be honored by your peers in this fashion. I would like to thank our coaches, staff members, administrators and especially our student athletes for their hard work and determination to compete and represent our institution at a high level", said SMSU Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski.
NSIC Commissioner Butch Raymond said, "The NSIC is very excited about the competitive nature of our league, but just as important is the environment that our student-athletes compete in." "The NSIC Sportsmanship Award was developed to honor a school that consistently demonstrates a positive environment and due to the fact that the award is selected by our head coaches and SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) makes the honor all the more meaningful."