The NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct has selected Flagler's Damon to receive the 2012-13 Bob Frederick Award.
Aug. 15, 2013
The NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct has selected Flagler College Director of Athletics Jud Damon to receive the 2012-13 Bob Frederick Award for his demonstrated history of sportsmanship leading the Division II Saints. The committee also selected University of Georgia tennis student-athlete Maho Kowase, Air Force Academy track and field student-athlete William Kent and Illinois College golf student-athlete Wilson Neill to receive the 2012-13 NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards.
Sportsmanship is one of the founding principles of the NCAA. These awards honor the efforts of student-athletes and administrators who work to protect the integrity of the game and create an even and welcoming playing field for all student-athletes and fans.
In nominating Damon for the Bob Frederick Award, Assistant Athletics Director Ryan Erlacher called him, “an ambassador for sportsmanship.” Since taking over the athletics director post three years ago, Damon has focused his efforts on providing a top notch fan experience that is family friendly and supportive of both home and visiting student-athletes.
Damon takes a hands-on approach, monitoring the crowds during contests to ensure no bad language or other inappropriate comments occur. If bad behavior happens, Damon will speak with the offender and explain that the behavior is not reflective of the values of Flagler, and will also use the interaction as an opportunity to explain why sportsmanship is important to the institution and the student-athletes on the field.
“Our culture is inundated with examples of bad sportsmanship every day,” Damon said. “Those of us involved in intercollegiate athletics have an opportunity to reduce the number of those examples by taking a stand, intentionally modeling and teaching good sportsmanship, and holding our coaches and student-athletes to high standards. Maintaining such standards can help move the culture of sport in our country in a positive direction.”
Damon has included sportsmanship as one of his department’s “core covenants.” He asks that his staff keep sportsmanship as a central part of their approach.
Under his leadership student-athletes are also asked to read a sportsmanship pledge before every game.
“It’s important to have a culture of respect among NCAA institutions because that will create game environments and experiences that are enriching for everyone involved – fans, student-athletes, coaches, staff – everyone,” he said.
“Ultimately, we’re trying to develop and positively impact the student-athletes in our programs, as well as those for whom our student-athletes are role models. Having a real commitment to outstanding sportsmanship, as opposed to just lip service, helps us do that.”