The ARA Sportsmanship Award is presented annually to an NCAA Division I college football player who exemplifies sportsmanship both on and off the field. The selection of the winner is made by a blue-ribbon panel comprised of retired coaches, ARA executives and members of the media who cover college sports. The first award winner, announced in December 2005, was University of Memphis Running Back DeAngelo Williams. Click here for information on all recipients.
The genesis of the award lies in the work of sculptor Edward Jonas, who created a piece designed to represent sportsmanship. A benefactress saw the statue and decided to look for the right organization to promote sportsmanship by presenting a replica of the statue. There was a natural fit with the Awards and Recognition Association, as its members are experts in the area of recognition.
ARA is pleased to be the official sponsor of an award that serves as an inspiration to young men everywhere who aspire to the highest levels of sportsmanship and athleticism. Click here to see the ARA Sportsmanship Award highlights video. Check out the Sportsmanship Award radio interviews featuring former Brigham Young University Coach LaVell Edwards and former Alabama Coach Gene Stallings.
ARA is comprised of more than 2,100 retailers and suppliers within the awards and recognition industry. Since 1964, ARA has been enhancing and supporting the awards industry by providing education programs, information, trade shows and networking opportunities. Retail awards and trophy stores that are ARA members proudly display the ARA logo. Look for it the next time you need an award. For more information about ARA, visit www.ara.org.
Awards & Recognition Association (ARA)
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