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Lady Barons Soccer Team Receives Sportsmanship Award

BCC Women's Soccer Team

Burlington County College’s (BCC) women’s soccer team recently received the Sportsmanship Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's (NSCAA) Ethics Committee.

“We play with respect,” said Kathleen DeLitta, head coach of the women’s soccer team.  “We respect the officials, the crowd, our teammates, our school, the coaching staff, the opponent and the game.”

The award is based on the number of cards a team receives during their regular season and playoff games. The Lady Barons had no red cards and only two yellow cards to earn a silver-level sportsmanship award.

DeLitta said the importance of team ethics and sportsmanship are stressed both on and off the field from the very beginning, when players are recruited, through their entire season. 

“The team is really like a family. They realize as a team they face many of the same struggles and have common goals,” she said. “The team also bonds off the soccer field and volunteers their time to improve the community we call home.” 

The women's soccer team led the effort to collect cookies for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst’s Operation Cookie Drop, a community service project that distributes cookies to dorm residents and troops mobilizing and demobilizing at the Joint Base during the holidays. Their work yielded approximately 1,000 cookies for the servicemembers.

The Lady Barons, along with their fellow student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff, contributed to the college's Food and Toy Drive to provide food baskets to local families and brighten the holidays for children in need. 

“I commend the women’s soccer team for their admirable contributions, sportsmanship and service to others,” said BCC Interim President Dr. David Spang. “Their exceptional performance both on and off the field exemplifies the character of all our students, faculty and staff, and helps Burlington County College enrich the quality of life in our communities.”