Saint Leo, Fla. (June 7, 2007) - Saint Leo softball player Erin Brunt (Sr., Clearwater, Fla.) has been named the female recipient of the Sunshine State Conference Sportsmanship Award, it was announced today by Commissioner Michael J. Marcil.  Brunt will be recognized this Saturday at the SSC’s Hall of Fame Banquet in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The values of good sportsmanship and good citizenship were considered in the selection process for the SSC Sportsmanship Award. Voting was conducted among the league’s directors of athletics, senior woman administrators, sports information directors and faculty athletics representatives.

Brunt won the women’s award following her final season of competition at Saint Leo. A catcher, she was a four-time All-Sunshine State Conference performer and earned Honorable Mention All-SSC this season. Off the field, Brunt earned a 3.83 grade point average as an elementary education major.

Brunt was a team leader through her performance on the field, as well as in the dugout. She was respected by teammates and opponents, and has embodied Saint Leo University’s core values of respect, integrity, community, excellence, personal development and responsible stewardship.

Active in the community, Brunt founded “Project San Ann” to help families in the university’s community of San Antonio, Fla. The project involved a number of Saint Leo student-athletes who went around the community collecting clothing, household appliances and other necessities for needy families in the area. Five families received assistance from Project San Ann’s inaugural collection.

A native of Clearwater, Fla., Brunt has also participated in the Breast Cancer Walk the past four years. She provides instruction for local youth softball players at various clinics.

University of Tampa baseball player Chris Rosenbaum was the male recipient of the SSC Sportsmanship Award.  Brunt and Rosenbaum will now be submitted to the NCAA for consideration for its Sportsmanship Award.