Last year, the LSU Tigers accommodated the South Carolina Gamecocks after they were forced to move their game to Baton Rouge due to deadly flooding throughout the state. There was probably not one player more giving than Tigers running back Leonard Fournette.
Fournette was very helpful towards the Gamecocks and the state of South Carolina during their time of need and he is now being honored for it. On Thursday, it was announced that Fournette was awarded the SEC Sportsmanship Award for all of his actions towards the state.
Following the game, Fournette offered to put his jersey up for auction and then donate the money to the flood relief fund in the state. His jersey raised more than $100,000 in the auction.
Fournette was honored along with Lloydricia Cameron of the Florida track & field team and the Kentucky Volleyball team and its support staff. Honorees were voted on by the SEC’s 14 Directors of Athletics.
“There are many stories of sportsmanship and generosity on the part of Southeastern Conference student-athletes, and these three stories are indicative of a spirit that is pervasive in the SEC,” said Commissioner Greg Sankey in a statement. “We are proud of Leonard, Lloydricia and the Kentucky volleyball program for setting a standard of sportsmanship and exhibiting that spirit that lives in the heart of SEC student-athletes, coaches and staff members.”
Cameron was named co-winner of the women’s SEC Sportsmanship Award for “her honesty and integrity concerning her mark in the discus competition at a track and field meet.”
Kentucky’s volleyball team and support staff received its honor for assisting LSU senior Cati Leak, who suffered an ankle dislocation prior to a match. The team and support staff remained with Leak and her family overnight in the hospital and throughout the entire evaluation period and eventual surgery.
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