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'The Hug' photo receives excellence award from IHSAA

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The Grundy Center football team who showed sportsmanship during a football game against Wapsie Valley received the IHSAA Award of Excellence.

On one of the last plays of the game, sophomore quarterback Andrew Buzynski was taken off the field for a head injury.

While the Wapsie Valley team was visibly upset, photographer Justin Scott of JScott Images captured a photo where Grundy Center players Jordan Graham and Jordan Stoner hugged Wapsie Valley's player Jake Kuhlman.

That photo, named "The Hug," went viral.

Now, the Grundy Center football team is getting recognized for their sportsmanship.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association awarded the team a framed Award of Excellence certificate to the team.

The award is partly sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations. It's given for "exemplary displays of sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity." 

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