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John Harrar, Natalie Heising Penn State’s Recipients of Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award

Penn State men’s basketball player John Harrar and women’s hockey captain Natalie Heising were among the 28 recipients of the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for this past 2021-22 school year, the conference announced Tuesday. Overall, 350 students received honors for their sportsmanship.


Each of the Big Ten’s 14 schools chose an athlete from all of their athletic teams, and from there, the Big Ten named two winners from each school. 

This is Harrar’s second straight Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.

Harrar, who played at Penn State for five seasons, became one of the team’s best players, being named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention twice. Harrar ended his career second on Penn State’s all-time list in field coach percentage and fifth in career rebounds with 854. Harrar is one of six players in Penn State history to finish with more than 800 points and 800 rebounds.

Additionally, Harrar was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten Recpipent, A four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a 2022 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient and a two-time Outstanding Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, a top-30 candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and Penn State’s Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award winner.

Heising, a three-time captain, became Penn State’s all-time leading scorer this past season, ending her career with 147 career points and 74 career goals, also tying for Penn State’s all-time lead with 63 assists. She scored at least 20 points in every season at Penn State and set a new school record with 40 in 2021-22, earning College Hockey America Player of the Year honors.

Heising also received Penn State’s John W. Oswald Award in April 2022, an annual honor that recognizes graduating seniors who have shown outstanding leadership in at least one area of activity at the University. Heising also won her second straight CHA Individual Sportsmanship Award this past year. Heising was also named to the CHA All-Academic Team and All-Big Ten Academic Team the past two years. 

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