The Home Team Award was established to recognize special service, spirit and loyalty to Shawnee State Athletics. Ralph Kavanaugh, longtime equipment manager for Shawnee State Athletics received the inaugural award in 2005. The Award has since been named in his honor.
"Over the years, many of our athletes have referred to Ralph as Home Team," said former Shawnee State Athletics Director Jim Arnzen. "He is easily one of the most popular people on campus and he is very worthy of this award."
The Ralph Kavanaugh Home Team Award was established in 2005.