Hallie King 2009 AHS Graduate
Hallie King, a 2009 graduate of Arrowhead High School, who is attending the University of Tennessee was awarded the Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award. The Naismith Good Sportsmanship Award is the most prestigious award presented by the Naismith International Basketball Foundation (NIBF). The award honors individuals and institutions involved in basketball for their displays of tremendous sportsmanship on and off the court, their positive contributions to the game and lifelong dedication to the sport. Recipients are selected by a nine member ad hoc committee in recognition of significant and lasting contributions to the sport and the spirit of basketball. In addition, honorees are selected for their role in furthering the values of fun, respect and teamwork that Dr. James Naismith wrote into the 13 original rules of the game. The award is presented only when merited and not on a regular schedule. King, 20, will be the youngest recipient of the award and only the fourth female to be honored. NBA All-Star Steve Nash was the previous youngest honoree at age 32. Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, Dorothy Gaters and Lynette Woodard are the prior female honorees. Other notables to receive the award include John Wooden, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, and Red Auerbach. Organizations that have received the honor include the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn., the YMCA and the Harlem Globetrotters.