The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was named the recipient of the Clement H. Clower Institutional Sportsmanship Award by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). The award is presented to the school that has exhibited the best sportsmanship among WVIAC member schools. Student-athlete fan behavior, along with hospitality to visiting teams, are among the criteria for the award, which is voted upon by member schools.
“We are Mountain Cat Proud of our coaches and athletes for earning this prestigious recognition for our school. To be selected from all of the member schools in the conference is, indeed, an honor. I am so gratified by the fine spirit of sportsmanship that our coaches and team members demonstrate both on and off the playing fields. Thanks to their hard work and commitment to excellence, our campus community is bursting with pride and enthusiasm,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar.
Dr. Spectar was presented the award at the WVIAC Basketball Championships held Friday, March 6, in Charleston, W.Va., during halftime of the Pitt-Johnstown versus Wheeling Jesuit men’s basketball game.
Last fall a new organization, known as the “Mountain Cat Maniacs,” was created to increase school pride and spirit while supporting the athletics programs. The Mountain Cat Maniacs has grown to nearly 800 members, and record numbers of students are attending athletic events.
Pitt-Johnstown student-athletes and coaches are committed to serving the campus and local community. Over the past year, team members and coaching staff have been actively involved in supporting a number of causes including breast cancer and pancreatic research and awareness.
Student athletes made a local girl’s wish come true by raising $3,400 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Members of the Pitt-Johnstown men’s basketball and wrestling teams visited East Side Elementary School to read to a group of elementary students.
During the holiday season, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee reached out to local families in need by collecting more than 300 food items, which were delivered to the St. Vincent DePaul Food for Families. Prior to Christmas, the group collected more than 330 articles of clothing and several toys, which were donated to the Salvation Army.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.