Every year, every varsity team from every school in the Big Ten nominates an individual to be honored for their sportsmanship.
From that list, the league says, “two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners [are] then selected from each institution.”
Only this season, Ohio State baseball did something so special, the Big Ten chose to acknowledge the entire roster.
The conference recognized the way the team rallied behind pitcher Zach Farmer after he was diagnosed with leukemia. All the Buckeyes volunteered to be a potential bone marrow donor and submitted to testing to see if they might be a match.
They raised awareness of the disease and helped others join the bone marrow registry, as well.
And, again, for that the Big Ten today took the unusual step of recognizing the whole team. (You can read the complete list of honorees here.)
Even better news for OSU?
Just got discharged!!! Heading home now!!!
— Zach Farmer (@zfarm34) May 28, 2014