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Pittsburgh, June 1, 2010 – La Roche College Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Lang and his team are the recipients of the 2010 Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award, voted on by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (CBOA) and announced last week. The CBOA gives this award annually to the school in the NCAA Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference that best exemplifies the traits exhibited by its namesake, Sam Schoenfeld.

Schoenfeld is a former basketball great and one of CBOA’s founding fathers who possessed a great deal of energy, impeccable honesty and a charismatic personality, according to Ron Tyburski, the CBOA area representative for Pittsburgh, who sent notification of the award to Lang. Tyburski noted that the award is the highest honor that CBOA annually bestows on any collegiate institution.

“Sam espoused integrity and strong character, which set him apart from most men,” Tyburski wrote. A brief illness took Schoenfeld’s life in early 1956 and, as a result, CBOA memorialized him through an award that would annually be presented to a person who exemplified the principles and characteristics he so prominently displayed. The award also recognizes the college or university, which in the judgment of the CBOA officials membership, best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics” among its players, coaches and spectators.

This is the second time Lang and the La Roche men’s team have received the prestigious award; they accepted the honor after the 2002-03 season. This year’s award will be presented at CBOA’s annual fall clinic in late September or early October.

About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors among today’s college students. La Roche combines educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well being, and more to offer students preparation for life in a constantly changing global society.

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