CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - UNC Asheville baseball signee Eli Miller of McDowell High School will be one of 28 student-athletes from North Carolina High School Athletic Association member schools who will be honored for their outstanding sportsmanship as winners of "Heart of a Champion" recognition on Saturday.
The sportsmanship recognition is part of the program offered by the NCHSAA Student Services Division and is sponsored by the North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company. Mark Dreibelbis, NCHSAA assistant commissioner, and assistant director for student services Chiquana Dancy administer the program.
Each of the NCHSAA member schools had the opportunity to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the recognition. The students must have participated in at least one varsity sport, including cheerleading, during the 2009-10 school year, have not been ejected from any contest, and must have demonstrated outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship during their high school careers. The students filled out an application questionnaire and then a school official, such as the principal or athletic director, also provided an evaluation.
The students will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, June 12, at the Radisson Governors' Inn in the Research Triangle Park.
Miller was a four-year starter at McDowell HS as a shortstop and earned all-conference honors this year for the Titans. He hit .424 with eight home runs.
"We are proud to recognize this select group of student-athletes for the manner in which they compete and their attitudes toward their competitors," said NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield. "Sportsmanship is about respecting your opponents and these individuals exemplify these qualities."