Roof, Moore win Outstanding Sportsmanship Awards

By Jason Grodsky

Illinois senior baseball player Shawn Roof and senior swimmer Caroline Moore were recipients of the Big Ten Conference’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award on Wednesday.

The Illini seniors were two of the 22 award winners, handed out to a male and female student-athlete from each school in the Big Ten for their performance on and off the field of play.

Roof, the starting shortstop for the Illini, was the only baseball player in the conference to receive the award. The Paducah native ended his run as an Illini this season by setting school records for single-season and single-game stolen bases, as well the career hit-by-pitch record.

Roof’s leadership and contributions were also felt off the field, where he participated in various community service activities as a part of Illinois’ Hometown Heroes.

Just as Roof was the lone baseball recipient of the award, Moore was the only swimmer honored by the Big Ten.

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Coming off an injury-plagued 2005-06 season Moore made her way back into the pool this year, swimming the second leg of the Illini’s 800 freestyle relay. She helped lead her rely team to a seventh-place finish in the “B” final at the Big Ten Championships.

Moore and Roof join a prestigious list of Big Ten athletes honored for their sportsmanship this past school year, including Michigan State men’s basketball player Drew Neitzel, Ohio State football player Antonio Smith and Penn State women’s basketball player Amanda Brown.