CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Miami University has captured the Mid-American Conference's Institutional Sportsmanship Award Trophy for the third straight year, the league office announced last week as part of the annual Honors Dinner and Spring Meetings at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. Miami is the only school to win the award in its three-year history.

The Institutional Sportsmanship Award evolved from the conference's recent strategic plan as the value of sportsmanship was the center of the conference mission statement and core values.

"Miami is honored to have won this prestigious MAC Sportsmanship Award three years running," Director of Athletic David Sayler said. "What makes this award so special is that it embodies the Miami Way and involves the hard work of so many people at the University that never get recognized properly. I would like to take this chance to thank our University PFD staff that make sure our facilities are always ready and clean, our police officers for always ensuring a safe environment as well as our athletic facilities and training room staffs that really make our visiting competitors feel welcome,

"Our student-athletes should also be congratulated for how they carry themselves in competition and the way they always play the game with Love and Honor in their hearts," Sayler continued.

In the voting process, every MAC institution received votes, which further supports that sportsmanship is emphasized and expected from the student-athletes, coaches and administrators across each and every MAC campus.

"The Institutional Sportsmanship Award is a positive reinforcement of one of the values that we as a conference and each of our member institutions all possess as a core value of who we are and how we conduct ourselves in athletic competition," said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher.