Immediate Release –Sports
June 11, 2019
Fine and O’Brien earns OCCAC Sportsmanship of the Year Awards
By Kyle Kuhlman/OCCAC Sports Information
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Five student-athletes earned 2018-19 OCCAC Sportsmanship of the Year Award accolades, one from each of the conference’s sponsored sports. This represents the third year of the award’s existence.
A Tartan Pride pair has been bestowed the honor of the 2018-19 OCCAC Sportsmanship of the Year award as Sinclair’s Kylie Fine and Josie O’Brien receive recognitions. Fine competes on the softball squad while O’Brien split her time between volleyball and basketball.
Kylie Fine (SO-Stivers H.S.) has been a valuable student worker in the Physical Activities Center (PAC) for the last two years as well as a member of the OCCAC Championship softball team.
She continued to exhibit great leadership both on and off the field leading the student-athletes through community service projects. Creating an expectation of classroom first, Kylie made several sacrifices throughout the season as she missed a number of games to attend classes and clinical that are required for graduation.
During home volleyball and basketball games, Kylie was a member of the set up crew that made sure the facility was ready for competition. She was always willing to help out as a tutor at study tables and during work-study hours.
For the year, she passed 28 credit hours and has been nominated for NJCAA All-Academic honors
Josie O’Brien (FR-Fairmont H.S.) After completing her freshman year on the volleyball team, Josie was ask to join the women’s basketball program.
The women’s basketball team was in desperate need of additional individuals and Josie volunteered to do what she could. They only had five players before Josie and another walk-on joined the team, a group of seven that won the OCCAC Conference Championship and advanced to the NJCAA Sweet 16.
She played in 22 games for the basketball team and scored a total of 21 points, but her contributions were more than stats could measure. Her willingness to show up every day to practice an unfamiliar sport and give up her free time to travel with the team was selfless. Even though she knew the only opportunity for her to see the floor would be if something went wrong with the other six players, she gave all of herself for the team.
Not only did she fulfill her obligations to the volleyball team with community service, she also completed her obligations to the women’s basketball team with their community service projects.
She also passed 30 credit hours while jumping in to help her fellow student-athletes when needed without hesitation.