Jack Cramer – Ideals of Athletic Competition
This award program is dedicated to the memory of John H. (Jack) Cramer, an outstanding local athlete, who throughout his lifetime fully demonstrated what we have termed the Ideals of Athletic Competition. Below is a composite of these ideals.
Dedication – by dedicating oneself to the purpose of winning the competition while on the field of athletic competition.
Preparation – by preparing oneself for the competition through practice and mental and physical conditioning to the highest level of one’s potential.
Determination – by pursuing the conduct of the game with a tenacious determination from start to finish of the assigned encounter.
Maximum Exertion – by exerting oneself through personal desire and the natural exhilaration of the competition to the limit of one’s speed and endurance.
Team Contribution – by serving the interests of the team in offering encouragement and acceptance to those of lesser ability; in offering the certainty of one’s efforts and interest to those of greater ability; and thereby retaining the faith of those teammates in the constancy of one’s purpose in fulfilling the assigned role.
Fair Play – by observing the spirit and letter of the game rules without regard to which competitor an individual rule may favor at any one moment of the play.
Sportsmanship – by conducting oneself in such a manner which, in victory, serves to enhance one’s own accomplishment; which, in defeat, does not diminish the accomplishment of one’s opponent; and which, in either event, allows sportsmanship to grace the efforts of all those engaging in the contest.
Award Recipients (PDF)
The 2023 award recipients are Nathan Frasier (male0 and the late Karen McCaa (female). The award ceremony will be held Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. in the Cal Brand Meeting Room at City Hall (123 Washington St, Columbus, IN 47201).
Harry Crider, Carrie Utterback, Sandy Freshour, Bob Arthur