Cole Earns National Sportsmanship Award

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Siloam Springs, Ark. (June 6, 2006) - John Brown University is proud to announce that basketball guard, Brandon Cole, a 2006 graduate earned a 2006 National Sportsmanship Award. The St. Louis Sports Commission has joined the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) to present the awards and celebrate America’s “best sports” on Saturday, June 10, in the Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom in St. Louis. This award features amazing stories of integrity, selflessness, courage, and of course, sportsmanship.

Cole was honored early this year by the NAIA as the JBU Player of the Year (2006) and First Team All-American. Cole, a 6’1” senior guard from Hector, Ark., is the best 3-point shooter in collegiate history with an all-time record 527 made 3-pointers. He averaged 21 points per game this season for the Golden Eagles (16-15) and led them to an NAIA tournament berth.

The National Sportsmanship Awards honor outstanding athletes and administrators who promote the values of sportsmanship, ethical play in athletic competition, citizenship and community service. Each year, the CTSA presents the awards to honorees from each of its member organizations: Major League Baseball, the NCAA, NAIA, NBA, WNBA, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The CTSA is the largest coalition of professional and amateur athletic organizations in the United States focused on sportsmanship and building character through sport.

This year’s featured honoree is Joey Cheek, speedskating gold and silver medalist at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Cheek will join sportscaster Bob Costas for a live keynote interview during the event. In addition, baseball hall of famer Lou Brock, St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce and St. Louis native Hollis Thomas of the New Orleans Saints will receive special awards. In all, 18 individuals will be recognized at the ceremony. The Awards Dinner is open to the public.

2006 National Sportsmanship Awards recipients:

· Joey Cheek, 2006 Olympic Speedskating Gold & Silver Medalist (Featured Honoree)

· Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals (Cardinals Award)

· Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams (Rams Award)

· Hollis Thomas, New Orleans Saints (Hometown Hero Award)

· Phil Barr, Bates College (NCAA)

· Teresa Clark, Cedarville University (NAIA)

· Lauren Clary, Xavier University (NCAA)

· Brandon Cole, John Brown University (NAIA)

· Jim Johnson, Greece Athena (N.Y.) High School & Joshua Harter, Spencerport (N.Y.) High School (NFHS)

· Pat Hewitt, Harstville (S.C.) High School (NASPE)

· Grant Hill, Orlando Magic (NBA)

· Patrick Lepper, John Wood Community College (NJCAA)

· Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut Sun (WNBA)

· John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves (MLB)

· Bill Byrne, Texas A&M University/Director of Athletics (NACDA)

· Adam Van Houten, Mount Gilead (Ohio) High School (NFHS)

· Lea Plarski, CTSA Lifetime Achievement Award


John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 40 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


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