Sutton to receive Naismith Good SportsmanshipAward

STILLWATER, Okla. - Eddie Sutton, head basketball coach at Oklahoma State, has been selected to receive the Naismith Good Sportsmanship award, it was announced by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation and the Naismith Family.

This award is the most prestigious award presented by the Naismith Foundation. Coach Sutton will be the 30th recipient of the award during ceremonies at halftime of the Cowboys' game vs. Texas A&M on March 6.

Previous recipients have included Michael Jordan, Red Aurebach, John Wooden, Pat Summit, Oscar Robertson, the YMCA of the USA, and Dick Vitale.

Ian Naismith, founding director and grandson of Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball said, "there are good coaches, and there are legendary coaches. Eddie Sutton is truly a legend in the game of basketball. It is an honor to welcome Coach Sutton into this select family of recipients."

Also available and free to the public this week at Gallagher-Iba Arena is a display of the Naismith Foundation. After three highly successful years and 29 different venues, the Naismith Family is proud to bring the tour to Stillwater, Okla.

"We selected Oklahoma State to become the family's first partner in Sportsmanship in Oklahoma because of the basic ethics of the school and its ongoing display of sportsmanship,"Naismith said. "We are very excited to be a 'Partner in Sportsmanship' with Oklahoma State."

A previous list of venues include the NCAA Final Four, several NBA all-star games and other professional games, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee.

The family tour will be on display from Monday, March 1, until Saturday, March 6 at Gallager-Iba Arena on the concourse level in the northeast corner. The tour displays many original photographs, memorabilia , and the 'original rules of basketball'.

The 'original rules' is a 113-year-old document that Dr. Naismith hung on the bulletin board in the YMCA in Springfield, Mass., Dec. 21, 1891. The document has belonged to the Naismith family since the conception, and the display in GIA will be only the 32nd showing in its 113-year history.

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