Columbus, Ohio – Niki Schroeder of the Ohio State women’s golf team and Brendon Kearney of the Buckeye men’s hockey team have been recognized by the Big Ten as Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners, the Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday.
One member of each varsity sports team on every Big Ten campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each university’s list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected. All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Schroeder, a four-year letterwinner, is a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and earned co-medalist honors at the 2019 Big Ten Championships this past April. The Avon Lake, Ohio, native helped the Buckeyes to Big Ten Championships her freshman and senior campaigns, three NCAA Championships appearances and four NCAA Regional trips. Schroeder was a WGCA All-American Scholar in 2016, a member of the Big Ten All-Championships team in 2019 and a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2018 and 2019.
Kearney, who played 137 games over four years for the Buckeyes, was part of three NCAA Tournament teams, the program’s first NCAA Frozen Four appearance in 20 years and the 2019 Big Ten regular season championship squad. He won the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, a national honor given to a Division I men’s hockey player each year, in 2019. A finance major who will attend graduate school in accounting at Ohio State in the fall, Kearney is a four-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honoree and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. The Northville, Michigan, native, is a Woody and Anne Hayes postgraduate scholarship recipient and was selected for the Bucks Go Pro internship program last summer.