Tuesday, June 9, 2015


St. Catharine, Ky. – With the athletic season officially coming to a close, the Mid-South Conference held their annual summer meeting at the National Corvette Museum where MSC commissioner Eric Ward presented the conference’s annual honors.

During the 2014-15 academic year, the Mid-South Conference athletic directors selected champions of character representatives for each of the 22 conference-sanctioned sports. Kelsey Brooks was awarded with the 2014-15 Character First Award.

The Character First Student-Athlete Award is presented to a student-athlete who has displayed integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. Through consistently demonstrating these character traits in word and action, the student-athlete has made a profound impact on their team, their institution, and their community.

Brooks, a senior from Bardstown, Ky., was awarded the Character First Award by way of winning the 2015-16 Champions of Character award in softball. Daniel Toth of Cumberlands (Ky.) was awarded the male Character First Award.

Commissioner of the Mid-South Conference, Eric Ward, commented on the award saying, “Sports can and should be a setting in which personal character traits including integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership are developed and strengthened.” “Building character through sports is a covenant between our member schools, not just a tagline. All of our award recipients are outstanding examples of the commitment to positive character development that our student-athletes, coaches and administrators hold true.”

“I would like to congratulate Daniel and Kelsey for earning this prestigious honor,” Ward continued.

Head coach of the St. Catharine Softball team, Holly Smith commented, “We are extremely proud of Kelsey. She has worked hard both on and off the field. Whenever she has had any free time she is volunteering to help those around her. She is more than deserving of this award for her work both on and off the field.”