The 2011-2012 boys varsity basketball team at Nativity Catholic School was recently awarded with the Father O’Dwyer CCSR Memorial Award for Sportsmanship. This is the eighth time that NCS has received this award. 

Coach Patrick Callaghan and the Cougar varsity basketball team at Nativity Catholic School have a lot to be proud of as they were recently rewarded with Father Dennis O’Dwyer CCSR Memorial Award for Sportsmanship for the 2011-2012 season.

For more than 50 years the trophy has been presented to a team that consistently displays Christian values in competition throughout the season. The voting for the award is done by the league’s referees, who vote independently in order to come up with the winning team. 

“The values and characteristics that enable a team to achieve such an honor are what Catholic coaches try to instill in our players,” said Coach Callaghan. “It is given to the team that consistently displays acts of great sportsmanship.”
These sportsmanship qualities that referees look for include helping players up if they fall, never complaining or arguing and controlling their behavior and language during tough competition.

“This is only the eighth time in league history that Nativity Catholic School has received this honor. The last time Nativity received this award was 1997,” said Coach Callaghan.  “It is really all thanks to the players for staying true to their Christian values when put to the test.”

The Cougars will also be holding a summer basketball camp from Monday, June 18-Friday, June 22. Session one will run from 9 a.m.-12 Noon for grades one-four and session two will run from 1-4 p.m. for grades five-eight. Each of the camps will focus on the main components of basketball, including dribbling, passing, rebounding, shooting and every day will include warm ups, specific skill training and game play. The cost to attend the camp is $125 and a camp T-shirt is included.

Nativity Catholic Church is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. For more information on the school or basketball camp, visit or call 689-3395.

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