Annual Athletics "Celebration of Excellence" set for April 29

Posted from Monday, April 01, 2019 through Monday, April 29, 2019

The Southwest Minnesota State Athletic Department will host the 14th annual "Celebration of Excellence" on Monday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Upper Level of the SMSU Conference Center.

The program will honor student-athletes and teams from the 2018-19 academic year, along with special award winners for student-athletes from spring 2018.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes snacks and beverages. The social begins at 6 p.m., followed by the ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.

Student-athletes that earned All-NSIC, Academic All-NSIC, national qualifiers, All-American, All-Region, Myles Brand Award honorees, team MVPs, special SMSU faculty and SAAC awards and all 2018-19 senior student-athletes will be honored.

The 2018-19 Female and Male Athletes of the Year will be announced, as well the 2018-19 Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year. The Athlete of the Year voting includes spring sports of 2018 (baseball, women's golf, softball, men's and women's outdoor track & field and women's tennis) and the fall and winter sports of the 2018-19 athletic year.

The 2018 volleyball team will also be recognized for qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.

All student-athletes in attendance are encouraged to invite an SMSU faculty or staff member to the program.

An SMSU senior student-athlete will conclude the program with the annual Mustang student-athlete speech.

To reserve a spot for the event please call 507-537-7271 or e-mail

— Kelly Loft

Category: Athletics