Rams' Wide Receiver Isaac Bruce Receives National Sportsmanship Award
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The St. Louis Sports Commission recently joined with the Citizenship Through Sports Alliance (CTSA) to host the 2006 National Sportsmanship Awards celebrating America's "best sports," including Rams' wide receiver Isaac Bruce. The event was held in St. Louis at the Chase Park Plaza.

The National Sportsmanship Awards honor outstanding athletes and administrators who promote the values of sportsmanship, ethical play in athletic competition, citizenship and community service. Each year, the CTSA presents the awards to honorees from each of its member organizations: Major League Baseball, the NCAA, NAIA, NBA, WNBA, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The CTSA is the largest coalition of professional and amateur athletics organizations in the United States focused on sportsmanship and building character through sport.

Bruce was recognized for his greatness both on and off the field. Between the lines, the wide receiver is a future NFL Hall of Famer, gaining more than 12,000 receiving yards and scoring 77 touchdowns during his 12 seasons with the St. Louis Rams. Off the field, Bruce is one of the classiest and most giving athletes in St. Louis. He makes a difference in peoples' lives through his work with local schools and by donating his time to charitable causes.

Along with Bruce, baseball Hall of Famer Lou Brock and St. Louis native Hollis Thomas of the New Orleans Saints received special awards. Also, Olympic gold and silver medal speedskater Joey Cheek was joined by sportscaster Bob Costas for a live keynote interview. In all, 18 individuals were recognized at the ceremony.

2006 National Sportsmanship Awards recipients:

  • Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams (Rams Award)
  • Joey Cheek, 2006 Olympic Speedskating Gold & Silver Medalist (Featured Honoree)
  • Lou Brock, St. Louis Cardinals (Cardinals Award)
  • Hollis Thomas, New Orleans Saints (Hometown Hero Award)
  • Phil Barr, Bates College (NCAA)
  • Teresa Clark, Cedarville University (NAIA)
  • Lauren Clary, Xavier University (NCAA)
  • Brandon Cole, John Brown University (NAIA)
  • Jim Johnson, Greece Athena (N.Y.) High School
  • Joshua Harter, Spencerport (N.Y.) High School (NFHS)
  • Pat Hewitt, Harstville (S.C.) High School (NASPE)
  • Grant Hill, Orlando Magic (NBA)
  • Patrick Lepper, John Wood Community College (NJCAA)
  • Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut Sun (WNBA)
  • John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves (MLB)
  • Texas A&M University / Director of Athletics Bill Byrne (NACDA)
  • Adam Van Houten, Mount Gilead (Ohio) High School (NFHS)
  • Lea Plarski (CTSA Lifetime Achievement Award)

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