INDIANAPOLIS - Former Flagler College first baseman John Sgromolo was selected as the Division II male winner of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award, as released Tuesday (July 31) afternoon.
This is the first time a Flagler College student-athlete has ever earned the award.
The NCAA Sportsmanship Award honors student-athletes who, through their actions in the competitive arena of intercollegiate athletics, have demonstrated one or more of the ideals of sportsmanship, including fairness, civility, honesty, unselfishness, respect and responsibility.
"This is truly a blessing and an honor to receive the NCAA Sportsmanship Award," said Sgromolo
"I am proud to represent Division II, the Peach Belt Conference and Flagler College
as a representative of what it means to be a student-athlete of sportsmanship."
graduated this past spring from Flagler
and was drafted in the 37th Round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers
is currently playing for their Rookie League team in Arizona.
four-year career as a Flagler Saint, Sgromolo
was the model student-athlete who displayed superior sportsmanship.
Whether it was wearing the mascot costume, being the public address announcer at various sporting events, or volunteering to read the game environment statement before each home baseball game, he did all of those with a level of professionalism and zeal of a seasoned veteran.
was considered a "student ambassador" for the athletics department.
was selected to the All-Peach Belt Conference second-team and earned academic all-conference honors in 2012.
"John embodies character, sportsmanship, leadership, integrity and humility and is someone who is always going above and beyond for Flagler College," said Ryan Erlacher, Flagler's assistant athletics director, compliance.