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In the tradition of SI's Sportsman of the Year, we periodically pay tribute in this space to men and women who embody the ideals of sportsmanship
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Josh Berman
LONDON, ONT.
Berman, 23, a recent graduate of Florida Southern College who has done volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and the Lakeland (Fla.) Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Arthur Ashe Award (NCAA Division II).
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Matthew Burdick
NEW HAVEN, CONN.
Burdick, 27, a former Wake Forest placekicker, raised more than $25,000 for charity in memory of his deceased brother, Bryon (who had leukemia), by running four marathons. He also volunteers his time as a high school football referee.
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Nancy Olson
SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS
Olson, a Marine major, and her nine Drive Around the World Longitude teammates completed a 16-month, 41,000-mile journey to raise money to fight Parkinson's disease. They drove their four off-road vehicles in 30 countries on four continents and went through 10 deserts.
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Jon Wehrenberg
COLUMBIA, ILL.
Wehrenberg, 43, an eighth-grade teacher and a basketball coach at Columbia Middle School, has led fund-raising drives that have raised more than $100,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students at his school have put on more than 50 fund-raisers in the past six years.
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Tom Abdenour
ALAMEDA, CALIF.
Abdenour, 48, the athletic trainer for the Golden State Warriors, worked with the St. Vincent de Paul Society to open the Champion Guidance Center for Men, which offers homeless men showers and laundry facilities, as well as computers and telephones they can use to set up job interviews.
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From top: Teresa Bellmund; Jim Luzzi; Gale Frank-Adise; Joe Angeles; Arick Crab/NBA/Getty Images
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