BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University had a successful year, and the Tornado earned two awards from Conference Carolinas when the league announced their Messick Sportsmanship Awards. King earned the overall Messick Sportsmanship Award and the Women's Messick Sportsmanship Award.
This marks the second time King has earned the overall award, the last coming in 2014-15 when eight Tornado sports were selected for individual sportsmanship awards. The conference first awarded men's and women's awards following the 2016-17 season, and this marks the first time the Tornado have won the women's award.
In the fall, the women's cross country teams won individual Messick Awards before the men's and women's swimming teams took home awards in the winter.
Conference Carolinas' Directors of Athletics implemented the process by which the Messick Sportsmanship Awards are determined. A student-athlete and coach from each institution vote separately upon the sportsmanship of all conference competitors. Each institution then submits those votes to the conference office where the averages are then calculated to decide the winner for each conference-sponsored sport.
The rankings of each school's conference-sponsored sports are then used to determine the institution that has displayed the best sportsmanship across all sports throughout the year. That institution is named the winner of the Messick Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the athletic year.
The Messick Sportsmanship Awards are named after John D. Messick, who was the President of former conference member East Carolina from 1947-59. Messick truly championed sportsmanship and even wrote a book entitled, "Personality and Character Development."