Saginaw Valley State University was represented by 14 members of its Sigma Pi fraternity chapter in the NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation National Flag Football Championships in Pensacola, Florida January 2 - 4. The team, Theta-Beta, was selected to receive the Sportsmanship Award for the men's collegiate league.
Brandon Baber, a secondary education major from Mayville, was one of the participating players. He said playing in the tournament was a great opportunity to represent SVSU.
“We got to meet guys from all over and talk to them about their schools and tell them about ours,” he said.
While the SVSU team lost both games it played, the team showed excellent sportsmanship throughout. Baber said the award was a great honor, and a good representation of what SVSU “is all about.”
“We're very proud to have received the award,” he said. “I remember our second game against Valdosta State, when the whole time we were just talking and joking with them. It was fun to show what SVSU is all about and to spread the fun of sports.”
Baber was joined by 13 teammates, all from Michigan. They were:
• Tyler Anglebrandt, and exercise science major from Lexington
• Thomas Barz, a communications major rom East China Township
• Devin Brown, a nursing major from Warren
• Jacob Camilleri, a physical education major from Flat Rock
• Zachary Chehowski, an athletic training major from Coldwater
• Justin Cusumano, an engineering major from Richmond
• William Eisiminger, a marketing major from Canton
• Jacob Goley, a nursing major from Troy
• Sullivan Goodman, a mechanical engineering major from Wyoming
• Marshall Mitchell, an engineering major from Clinton Township
• Daniel Pagel, a special education major from Chesterfield
• Clinton Shope, a music major from Owendale
• Aaron Watts, a health science major from Linwood
The Do What’s Right! sportsmanship program encompasses a multitude of different initiatives and opportunities for member schools and their students. Those efforts include Sportsmanship Banners for schools who display exemplary sportsmanship at IHSA state final team events, a bi-annual Student Leadership Conference, educational materials like the IHSA Sportsmanship Expectations, and the Sport A Winning Attitude awards, which officials, coaches and administrators use to recognize acts of sportsmanship at all levels that often go overlooked.