Georgia College earned the PBC Institution of the Year Sportsmanship Award for the first time in school history.
The annual honor is given to the institution displaying the best overall sportsmanship for the 2016-17 season and culminates the PBC’s season-long sportsmanship recognition program.
Following each championship sports season a Team Sportsmanship Award is presented to the team in that sport that best exemplifies what the award stands for: the spirit of sportsmanship, a high degree of integrity, character and class. Each team award is voted on by other teams who compete in that sport and points are awarded on how each team finished in the voting.
In 2016-17, Georgia College was a co-winner of the Team Sportsmanship Award in women’s tennis and won outright in men’s tennis and volleyball. GC has won 12 Team Sportsmanship Awards all-time.
The Georgia College Volleyball program and head coach Gretchen Krumdieck pulled in their second-straight American Volleyball Coaches (AVCA) Team Academic Award, the organization announced recently.
The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
The Bobcats posted a 3.53 GPA for 2015-16, well over the minimum requirement and 0.1 above last year’s mark. The AVCA broke a record set last year with over 764 recipients of this honor, including 120 in Division II Women’s Volleyball.
Georgia College was one of four teams from the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) on the list, joining Francis Marion University, the University of Montevallo and USC Aiken.
Ryan Blumenthal (Acworth), a senior guard on the Georgia College Men’s Basketball team has been named the 2015-16 Most Positive Collegiate Athlete by Positive Athlete Georgia, an organization started by former University of Georgia football and Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward.
Quote from Hines Ward: “We looked a dozens of collegiate student-athletes who have either overcome difficult circumstances, give back to their communities, or are making a statement about the importance of academics,” said Ward. “Ryan Blumenthal has all three components.”
Blumenthal is one of a group of four Georgia College marketing majors who recently had a research paper accepted for presentation at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The paper is derived from a project they conducted for a client in the community, and was titled “FOG Awareness, Advertisement Effectiveness and Intentions of Middle School Students: An Empirical Study.” Theirs was selected from more than 4,000 submissions to present their findings to peers, faculty and staff from all across the nation.
About the Award: Ward and Atlanta businessman Scott Pederson created Positive Athlete as a movement for more positivity in youth sports. In addition to excellence on the field, each nominated Positive Athlete was required to show characteristics such as an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.