K-State Earns NCEA Team Sportsmanship Award

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State equestrian team was chosen as this year's National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Team Sportsmanship Award winner in an announcement by the organization on Wednesday. K-State is the first Big 12 member to earn the honor.

“I am very proud of the team for earning the NCEA Sportsmanship Award,” said head coach Casie Maxwell. “They’ve worked hard to keep a positive, forward focusing mindset this season and it’s rewarding when you are recognized for that.”

The Kansas State equestrian team had strong performances throughout the 2015-16 season, qualifying for the NCEA National Championship with the No. 8 overall seed this spring.

In addition, they excelled in the classroom with a 3.19 team GPA and 13 Academic All-Big 12 selections. When not competing, the team posted more than 830 hours of community service at a variety of different charities.  

In addition to the team’s achievements in the arena and in the classroom, K-State head coach Casie Maxwell was named the 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year.

The NCEA sportsmanship trophy was generously donated by Carly Anthony, Pot Creek Farm and Champions Choice Trophies in 2013. Both Carly and Alexa Anthony, sisters, graduated from NCEA schools and competed throughout their college careers.
 
"I wanted to bring this award to the NCEA because great sportsmanship, from a team aspect, should not only be the norm, but should be held at the forefront of the team's mission when competing in the NCEA," Anthony said.