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NCAA Sportsmanship Award Dedicated to Frederick

Feb. 8, 2010

NORMAL, Ill. - The NCAA created the NCAA Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award and has recognized Frederick, the late former athletics administrator at Illinois State and Kansas, as the inaugural recipient.

The award, which will annually honor an NCAA administrator who shows the highest respect for intercollegiate athletics, was presented to Frederick's family at the February 6 men's basketball game at Kansas, where he was athletics director for nearly 15 years. Frederick died June 12, 2009, in Lawrence, Kan., from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident. Prior to becoming the Director of athletics at Kansas, Frederick served in the same role at Illinois State for two years, from 1985-87.

Designed to serve as a companion to the already established NCAA Sportsmanship Award for student-athletes, the new honor is open to Divisions I, II and III administrators, as well as administrators at NCAA-affiliated organizations. Eligible candidates should demonstrate respect for competition, student-athletes, coaches and officials; encourage student-athletes to demonstrate positive sportsmanship; and act with integrity.

"Bob embodied the values of integrity, civility, honesty and responsibility as evidenced by his work here at Kansas as a coach, director of athletics, faculty member and more," said John Blanchard, senior associate athletics director at North Carolina and chair of the sportsmanship committee. He joined NCAA Vice President Robert Vowels in presenting the award.

A highly respected athletics administrator, Frederick was an original member of the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct and a former member of the Committee on Women's Athletics.

The Sportsmanship Committee will begin taking nominations for the 2010 Bob Frederick Sportsmanship Award this fall. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, TRC gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.