The M.D. Nadal Sportsmanship Award was established in 1969 to honor Manuel D. “Bill” Nadal, an outstanding athlete, coach and steadfast supporter of athletics at Kent School.
The Nadal Award was originally given to a member of the Erickson Football League, but eligibility was expanded to other sports after the establishment of the Founders League.
It is awarded on an annual basis, as warranted, to students, faculty, staff, teams, and student bodies, who "play by the rules, accept victory or defeat graciously, respect all who assemble and participate." It may be awarded in recognition of sportsmanship during a particular contest, throughout a season, or continued contributions to athletics and the League.Kraus is equally comfortable explaining alpha-particle production as he is unpacking the symbolism in dense literary texts. As an English and AP Chemistry teacher at KO, Kraus is perfectly suited to this duality, a polymath who studied a wide range of subjects as an undergraduate at Williams College from English to economics, computer science, and pre-med.
No matter the subject area, Kraus understands the importance of students reaching outside their comfort zone. “Students should know they are expected to grow and calculate what’s coming around the corner. If they feel that they are stretching throughout the year, they get used to it and gain the skills to grow into the next developmental level.”
In this same spirit, Kraus brings this philosophy to his students as their coach, too. “Coaching helps you go deeper into fostering personal skills like character, integrity, and determination in a student,” he said. Recognizing his extraordinary generosity and fairness, The Founders League awarded Kraus the M.D. Nadal Sportsmanship Award. Kraus believes that sports provide an essential pathway for living and learning life lessons: “Here’s how you work hard, here’s how it plays out, here’s how you measure success,” he said.