5 things to know about the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

Each season, Alabama football and Auburn meet in the Iron Bowl and play for bragging rights over the next year.

But the two teams also play for a trophy. That trophy is known as the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy.

Here are five things you need to know about the famous trophy:

The presentation

Traditionally, the trophy is presented to the winning school by the losing school's Omicron Delta Kappa president. The ceremony usually takes place at halftime of the Alabama-Auburn men's basketball game held in the winning team's arena.

This year, due to COVID-19, the presentation will not take place at the Alabama home basketball game against Auburn.

The tradition

At the presentation ceremony, the ODK president from the losing school joins in singing the opposing school's fight song.

It is also tradition for the losing school's representatives to pay for dinner that night.

The origins

The trophy is dedicated to Dean James E. Foy V, who served as assistant dean of students at the University of Alabama before becoming dean of students at Auburn.

Auburn football players Marlon Davidson, left, Derrick Brown lift the Foy-ODK Sportsmanship Trophy on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

The symbolism

The trophy is supposed to serve as a reminder of the need for peace and unity in the rivalry, calling for good sportsmanship.

The location

Following an Alabama win, the trophy resides in the Paul W. Bryant Museum. When Auburn wins, the trophy stays in the Jonathan B. Lovelace Hall of Honor at Auburn Arena.