It is not by accident that the pursuit of the highest levels of integrity and sportsmanship is a core value of the NCAA, as the Association was founded in an attempt to address unsportsmanlike acts and other issues that cost the lives of student-athletes.

Today, values such as respect, caring, fairness, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility are key to creating a positive competitive environment for student-athletes across the country.

To foster this kind of culture, the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct offers resources to schools and conferences for use in their sportsmanship programs, and celebrates extraordinary acts of sportsmanship and ethical conduct via the NCAA Sportsmanship Awards.

Individual schools and conferences are responsible for creating and maintaining positive competitive environments for student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans at their sponsored events. During NCAA-sponsored events, the NCAA works with host schools and venues to do the same.

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