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Offensive Lineman, University of Alabama
Barrett Jones of the University of Alabama receives the ARA 2011 Sportsmanship Award.
The Crimson Tide can boast another win as University of Alabama’s Barrett Jones was announced as the 2011 recipient of the Awards and Recognition Association (ARA) Sportsmanship Award.
“The Awards and Recognition Association Sportsmanship Award is the only national award that recognizes an athlete’s character as it relates to sportsmanship,”
said LaVell Edwards, the award-winning retired Brigham Young University head football coach and chairman of the ARA Sportsmanship Award selection committee. “Barrett
jumped out at us as one of the greats on and off the field. This kid is one for the books
with his outstanding track record, desire to win, and willingness to give back and help
those in need.”
“The award’s sponsor, The Awards and Recognition Association, is honored to
present this award to such a deserving young athlete,” said Guy Barone, president of the
association. “Each year we are impressed by the caliber of players and Barrett is no
exception; he’s a true example of what we believe sportsmanship should exemplify.”
ARA has a membership of 2,600 businesses internationally working within the
recognition industry. The association's objective in sponsoring the award is to recognize
an outstanding example of sportsmanship with a desire to promote the practice of
sportsmanship in all levels of competition.
About Barrett Jones—2011 ARA Sportsmanship Award Winner
Jones, who has earned a number of athletic awards, started on the offensive line
for the last three seasons. Appointed by his coaches and teammates to the Team
Leadership Group, he took on the role as ambassador for the University of Alabama on
and off campus. Known as a strong team leader and positive influence during good and
challenging times, Jones was a humble winner after the Crimson Tide won the National
Championship in 2009 as well as when the team failed to reach a BCS bowl for the first<
time in two seasons.
Jones’ example as a positive role model continues to soar off of the field. As part of
the 2011 SEC Community Service team, he made two trips to Haiti to help with the
earthquake aftermath, travelling with his family and University of Alabama classmates.
In Haiti, he worked on a school and an orphanage, and helped feed people in need.
Closer to home, he was integral to the tornado cleanup in Tuscaloosa and helped
gather and distribute supplies. With a 4.0 grade point average, Jones’ accolades
continue in the classroom. He earned his accounting degree in three years and is
currently enrolled in graduate school.