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DYC Basketball Coach Honored with Sportsmanship Award

DYC Basketball Coach Honored with Sportsmanship Award

Buffalo, New York – July 2, 2014 – D’Youville College Spartan men's basketball coach, Earl Schunk, was named recipient of the 2013-14 Western New York Sam Schoenfeld Award given by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (CBOA).

The award, the highest honor that the CBOA annually bestows on any collegiate institution, is presented to a coach, which in the judgment of the CBOA membership, best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators." 

"This award is a testament to the high character individuals who represent D'Youville as members of our men's basketball team. It also is a tribute to the sportsmanship and class that our spectators display at our home games," Schunk said. "I can say with confidence that we live up to the ideals of our athletic department, our school, the conference and the NCAA."

The award is named for Sam Schoenfeld, former college basketball great who possessed a great deal of energy, impeccable honesty and a charismatic personality.

Schoenfeld was one of the CBOA's founding fathers who displayed integrity and strong character, which set him apart from most men. He played basketball at Columbia University in the 1920s and became the founder and first president of the Collegiate Basketball Officials. Schoenfled was also a referee for the National Basketball Association.

A brief illness took Schoenfeld's life in March 1956 and as a result CBOA decided to memorialize him through an award that would be presented annually to a person who exemplified the principles and characteristics so prominently displayed by Sam Schoenfeld.


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