Softball player Kaitlin Reiss and men's soccer player Eric Hanson have been named the University of Wisconsin female and male Sportsmanship Award winners for 2003-04.
Reiss and Hanson were selected from UW's 13 female sport winners and 12 male sport winners, respectively, to earn the overall honor. Reiss was also selected as the female chosen to represent the Big Ten in nomination for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.
The Sportsmanship Award winners were chosen based on a criterion of sportsmanship and community service. The winners are student-athletes who observe the rules and intent of their sports' rules at all times. The individuals must be fair and respectful to their opponent, and in addition, be enthusiastic about the game, enjoy playing it, and win or lose, do their absolute best at all times. The recipients must also be active participants in their campus communities.
A junior-to-be, Reiss is a native of Simi Valley, Calif., intending to major in international studies. She has been extremely active in the community, volunteering her efforts to projects such as "Bookin' it with Bucky" and Habitat for Humanity while making multiple trips to the UW Children's Hospital.
Reiss' efforts have not been limited to the Madison area, as she has also assisted with cleanup efforts on beaches in her hometown of Simi Valley. She has also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big Ten honors this past season. She appeared in 38 games for the Badgers in 2004, ranking fifth on the team with a .235 batting average.
Hanson, who will be a senior in the fall, is a native of Madison and a graduate of La Follette High. The men's soccer team's starting goalkeeper, Hanson earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, while being named to the 2003 Big Ten All-Tournament Team. He also picked up Academic All-Big Ten kudos for the third time in his career.
In just two seasons in goal for the Badgers, he has compiled 165 saves, 11 shutouts and 19 wins in his career. His win total ranks as a tie for sixth place all-time at UW, while his save and shutout marks are seventh-best all-time. Hanson donated efforts during his free time by making visits to the UW Children's Hospital.
In all, 270 Big Ten student-athletes were recipients of the Sportsmanship Awards while 22 - two from each of the 11 conference institutions - were honored as the Outstanding winners.