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Friday, June 20, 2008 | Athletics
Southern Illinois? Dismore, Ellis Nominated for NCAA Sportsmanship Award
A senior outfielder on the Saluki softball team, Dismore, a
Her 2008 season was abruptly altered during the team’s first home tournament when she was hit by a pitch, suffering a serious jaw fracture. Her subsequent surgery sidelined the all-conference outfielder for six weeks. Despite the pain and difficulty of having her jaw wired shut, she attended all practices and games serving as her team’s number one cheerleader and fan. Dismore re-joined the team following her recovery to finish out her senior season.
Dismore’s positive attitude and unselfishness carried from the field to the community. As part of a team holiday caroling visit to the local hospital, she went above and beyond, shopping and purchasing toys for the pediatric patients at her own expense.
His transformation also affected his outlook on community service. As a member of SAAC, he was involved in the planning of Saluki Kids Night Out, a fundraiser benefitting The Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be a member of an intercollegiate athletics team during the 2007-2008 academic year. Additionally, they must have demonstrated consistently the values of caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility in their daily participation in athletics.
One female and one male student-athlete will be chosen for the award by the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct. The winners will be announced by the NCAA in July of 2008.