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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell is one of four Division I institutions in the nation to be named an "All-American Sportsmanship School", the Institute for International Sport announced on Wednesday.

The award was established to honor schools that have implemented exceptional sportsmanship programs, such as the “Bison Good Sports!” initiative that was launched at Bucknell in October 2006.

Bucknell, Auburn, Clemson and Indiana are the four Division I honorees for 2007-08. The Empire 8 Conference, two junior colleges, three high schools and three elementary/middle schools were also selected.

“I would like to offer special thanks to the Institute for International Sport for considering Bucknell for this important award, and for their role in promoting positive sporting conduct at all age levels,” said John Hardt, director of athletics and recreation.

Winning the 'right way'
“At Bucknell we strive to set a national example of winning the ‘right way,’ with true student-athletes who aim to compete successfully at the highest level of college athletics. To that end, fostering good sporting environments at all of our athletics venues continues to be a primary point of emphasis," said Hardt. "This honor is a true reflection of the hard work that has been put forth by our Bison student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

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Posted Oct. 11, 2007