Riley Named A Finalist For The ARA Sportsmanship Award
Oct. 28, 2010
Memphis senior offensive lineman Dominik Riley is one of 10 finalists for the ARA (Awards and Recognition Association) Sportsmanship Award, which is presented to one outstanding NCAA Division I collegiate football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship.
The 2010 Sportsmanship Award recipient will be chosen from the 10 finalists and announced this November.
Memphis standout running back DeAngelo Williams was the first-ever recipient of the ARA Sportsmanship Award in 2005. Other previous winners are Kansas State University tight end Jeron Mastrud (2009), Northwestern University receiver Eric Peterman (2008); Washington State quarterback Alex Brink (2007); and Rutgers University fullback Brian Leonard (2006).
"The word is getting out to a wider audience about the importance of sportsmanship as the number of candidates more than doubled from last year," said B.J. Bailey, CRS, president of ARA. "We are thrilled to be part of this groundswell of excitement over the power of sportsmanship. As the only national award that recognizes an athlete's character and leadership as it translates to sportsmanship, the ARA Sportsmanship Award was created six years ago to shed light on these positive traits."
To qualify for the award, an athlete must be a starting player or significant contributor on his team; be in good academic standing; demonstrate great respect for competitors, school, teammates and coaches; show an ability to accept victory and defeat graciously; convey a high degree of humility and integrity; and demonstrate commitment in the classroom and to the community.
The 2010 finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Sam Acho, University of Texas Corbin Bryant, Northwestern University Jordan Gafford, Miami University Scott Lewis, St. Francis University Chima Nwachukwu, Washington State University Christian Ponder, Florida State Tyler Replogle, Indiana University Dominik Riley, University of Memphis Chris Stewart, University of Notre Dame John Stokes, Vanderbilt University
For more details visit, www.arasportsmanshipaward.com.