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CLAREMORE, Okla. – Rogers State Athletics will celebrate another highly successful year of athletics, academics and community service with the third annual Outstanding Moments in Athletics (OMAs) Award Show on April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Will Rogers Auditorium.

"We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our student-athletes with another year of the OMAs Awards Show," Director of Athletics Chris Ratcliff said. "This is the one night all year it is all about our student-athletes and we look forward to highlighting the successes of the 2017-18 season."

The semi-formal event features 25 department awards honoring the best in Hillcat athletics for the 2017-18 season. The red carpet "pre-show" starts at 7 p.m. with the awards show program, featuring a special award designated for each of RSU's 14 teams, set to begin at 7:30 p.m. at a new location this year at the Will Rogers Auditorium.

The award show, hosted by Josh Haley, will feature highlight videos, top plays from the year and awards presented to Hillcat student-athletes. Award nominees for the OMAs were submitted by coaches and chosen by a selection committee. The full list of awards can be found below.

The 2017 men's cross country team will be honored for its Heartland Conference championship during the OMAs and will receive its 2017 Heartland Conference championship rings.

VIP tickets are available for sale by calling the RSU Athletic Department office at 918-343-7782 and can be purchased for $10 with the proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All student-athletes will receive complimentary admission.

Male & Female "For the Love of the Game" Award — This award will go to a student-athlete who works hard, competes, and makes a significant contribution to his or her team for no other reason than the love of his or her sport. (Examples: walk-on/sixth-man)

Male & Female Courage Award — This award will honor one male and one female student-athlete who have demonstrated heart and perseverance in the face of adversity. These student-athletes should show determination and a will to succeed despite having to overcome a hardship. Whether he or she has had to fight through injuries, the loss of a loved one or some other personal tragedy, this athlete maintains a good attitude and has a positive impact on his or her team.

Male & Female Best Supporting Role — This award goes to one male and one female student-athlete who each has been the "unsung hero" of their teams. These high impact student-athletes do not receive much credit or recognition, but are crucial to their teams' success.

Male & Female Newcomer of the Year — This award will go to one male and one female student-athlete in their first year of competition at RSU, who have had the most profound impact on their team. Academics, community involvement and athletic performance should all be considered in this award. Any freshman, redshirt freshman or transfer student competing in their first year as a Hillcat is eligible for this award.

Male & Female Highlight of the Year — This award will go to one male and one female student-athlete who delivered a clutch play, game or tournament performance, etc. While this award can be awarded for a single play, race, shot, hit, or routine, it can also go to the male and female student-athlete who delivers an amazing overall performance in a game, tournament, match, or meet in an important situation. In short, this award should go to the athletes who had the standout moment of the year in RSU athletics.

Team Performance of the Year — This award should consider a team's athletic performance for the entire season. While year-end results are paramount to this award, achievement such as exceeding expectations, overcoming adversity or making drastic improvements can also propel a team to this award.

Hillcat Spirit Award — This award is given to a cheerleader or dance team member who exemplifies what it is to be a Hillcat during games, competitions, practices, in the classroom and in the community.

Male & Female Academic Success Award — The award is given to the top two male and female student-athletes who have reached junior academic status and have tallied the highest grade point average in the entire athletic program. (No voting or nominations required)

All-Academic Team — This award is presented to the student-athlete from each team that has earned the highest cumulative grade point average following sixty or more credit hours earned at Rogers State. (No voting or nominations required)

Male & Female Distinguished Athletic Achievement Award — The award is given for career athletic achievement. The recipient's career performance etched their name into the school record books. It is given to one male and one female student-athlete who consistently performed at a high level during his or her career and stood out in their field of athletics drawing conference, regional and/or national awards during their career.

Male & Female Athlete of the Year — This award will be given to one male and one female student-athlete who consistently performs at a high level and leads his or her team to success. In short, this award should go to the male and female Most Valuable Player at RSU.

Male & Female Hillcat Award — This award is a career achievement award. It is given to a model representative for RSU on and off the playing field and they must have displayed an unselfish/team-first attitude at all times. They have displayed athletic excellence along with exemplary leadership skills and they must also be on track to finish their degree at RSU. The award is given to one male and one female student-athlete.

Professor of the Year — Given to one professor who has demonstrated a commitment to serving our student-athletes and supports them academically, athletically and socially.

Corporate Sponsor of the Year — This award is our way to recognize corporate sponsors for their loyal support to the entire Rogers State athletic department. They go out of their way to provide the athletic department with support on and off the field of play.

Mark Haggard Fan of the Year — The Mark Haggard Fan of the Year is a fixture at athletic contests for every sport and develops personal relationships with our players, coaches and staff. They give encouragement and positive energy at all athletic events year-round. They are appreciated by all our programs as they go above and beyond to help make RSU athletics the best it can be.

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