LANCASTER, Pa. – The Centennial Conference (CC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) selected Franklin & Marshall senior football player Nicholas Porcelli as the 2015 CC Individual Sportsmanship Award winner. Joining Porcelli was Dickinson women's squash player Casey Merbler, while the Dickinson baseball team was named the Team Sportsmanship Award winner.
The award honors one male, one female, and one team who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship. They were selected from a pool of student-athletes nominated by the CC's 11 member institutions and will now be placed on the ballot for the NCAA Division III National Sportsmanship Award this summer.
Porcelli (Lopatcong Township, N.J. / Phillipsburg) was selected as the male nominee for his positive impact on the F&M community and the football squad. He puts others' needs ahead of his own by giving his time to people on campus and in the community. At F&M, Porcelli served as President of SAAC and was a member of the Football Leadership Society. He led the Little Dips Diaper Drive that raised 7,000 diapers for homeless moms in Lancaster and he is a Junior Board Member of Lauren's First and Goal Foundation that raises money for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
"He is the type of player that makes your team successful because of his unselfish behavior and his team first attitude", said head football coach John Troxell. "Nick always made person sacrifices for the betterment of his team. He is one of the most respected members of our team. He brings a positive energy and attitude to everything he does and makes everyone around him better. To me, those attributes define greatness".