Chicago Sky starting forward Swin Cash has been named one of the recipients of the 2013 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced Friday. Cash, along with Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever, share the honor for the 2013 season. The two players were selected through a vote panel of national and local media.

The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award is named after the late Kim Perrot who guided the Houston Comets to two WNBA championship titles. Perrot’s spirit on the court infused her teammates. Perrot passed of cancer in August 1999. The award in her honor is given yearly to a player who, like Perrot, conducts herself with ideal sportsmanlike behavior on the court.

“It’s very humbling to receive the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. I pride myself on being a tough competitor but always playing with the utmost integrity so this truly means a lot,” explained Cash. “Kim set the standard for how every athlete should carry themselves, and I’m honored to be able to carry on her legacy and be a role model to others. A special thank you to the sportswriters and broadcasters who spend the time covering the WNBA, and since we all know this is a team sport, I want to give a shout out to my ladies - GO SKY!"

  Cash, an twelve-year veteran of the WNBA, has used her experience at all levels of the game to ignite her teammates. Cash has won three WNBA championships and is a four-time WNBA All-Star. The Sky, who will make their first WNBA Playoff appearance Friday night at home, have looked to Cash as the experienced team leader throughout the season.

Cash shows her respect to her competitors as she shakes hands with each player before tipoff. Off the court, she continuously strives to engage the community and shine as a strong role model for young girls.

Cash and her teammates take on the reigning WNBA champions, the Indiana Fever at Allstate Arena tonight. Tipoff for this first game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals is at 6 p.m. CT. The game airs locally on The U Too and nationally on NBA TV.