|As a member of Conference Carolinas, Belmont Abbey College competes annually for the league's Messick Award, which is presented for demonstrating the best overall sportsmanship over the entire conference schedule.
Throughout the year, "Mini-Messicks" are presented in each sport, with an overall winner crowned based on the sport standings.
The overall and individual sports awards reflect the vision of Belmont Abbey College President Dr. William Thierfielder, who stresses sport as a means of developing virtue and fair play.
"The goal for Belmont Abbey College Athletics is to achieve virtue and excellence in all arenas of competition," Director of Athletics Stephen Miss said. "Competing for the Messick Sportsmanship Award is a testament to an overall commitment to excellence and to Dr. Thierfelder's vision."
The sport-specific Sportsmanship Awards are determined using a voting process implemented by Athletics Directors, which calls for a coach and student-athlete representative to vote together and evaluate the sportsmanship exhibited by conference opponents’ players, coaches and fans during the regular season. After votes have been submitted, the conference office averages the results and the institution with the highest average for each conference sport is awarded the respective Sportsmanship Award.
At the conclusion of the academic year, the institution that has the highest combined average among all conference-sponsored sports is awarded with the Messick Award, which is the highest sportsmanship honor within the conference. As an NCAA Division II member, Conference Carolinas prides itself on creating a positive game environment through sportsmanship to ensure a positive experience for student-athletes and fans alike.
Belmont Abbey has won the overall Messick Award four times: 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 (tie) and 2016-17.
Individual sport winners include: