The USMMA men's basketball team is the 2013 Metro New York Region recipient of the Schoenfeld Sportsmanship Award, chosen by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (CBOA). The award is voted on by the officials in recognition of a program that demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship and character.
"This is a really nice honor for our athletes, coaches, and the Academy," said Merchant Marine Head Coach Danny Nee. "Of all of the schools eligible for this award we are very proud to have distinguished ourselves. We take pride in being first-class in everything that we do on and off the basketball court."
Sam Schoenfeld, former college basketball great who possessed a great deal of energy, impeccable honesty, and charismatic personality, was one of the CBOA's founding fathers. The CBOA decided to memorialize Schoenfeld through an award that would be annually presented to a college or university, which in the judgment of the CBOA membership, best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators."