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Gothenburg earns second NSAA sportsmanship award

LINCOLN—Gothenburg High School is one of eight schools across the state to receive the Nebraska School Activities Association’s Farmers School Sportsmanship Award.

The program was launched during the 2009-10 school year and is designed to recognize NSAA member high schools that establish and follow a quality sportsmanship program within their athletic activities.

Of the eight schools to receive the award, six are repeat winners including Gothenburg.

Other high schools to earn a second award are Lincoln Lutheran, Milford, Norfolk Catholic, Seward and Stanton.

Valentine and Pierce completed the requirements for the first time this year.

Farmers Insurance is the corporate sponsor of the program.

The honored schools will receive the Farmers School Sportsmanship banner to hang in their school.

Beginning with the 2011-12 school year, those recognized with this sportsmanship award will also earn additional points in the the U.S. Cellular Cup contest which recognizes the most successful interscholastic high school activities programs in Nebraska.

Criteria for the award which must be met annually include:

Develop a school sportsmanship policy which is prominently posted within the school and (if possible) printed in the student and activity handbooks.

Promote awareness and involvement in sportsmanship and citizenship efforts by accomplishing three of the following: Attend NCA/NSIAAA Sportsmanship Summit; receive the NCA/NSIAAA Sportsmanship Award at a girls and/or boys state basketball or soccer championships; utilize the NFHS “Sportsmanship. It’s up to you,” materials; print and announce sportsmanship messages at all spectator activities; publicize/highlight a public action by a student or coach who exhibited good sportsmanship in the media; conduct a school-wide or grade level sportsmanship essay contest, submitting the winning essay to the NSAA for possible publication; conduct another appropriate project.

Promote awareness and involvement in sportsmanship and citizenship efforts by accomplishing one of the following: Develop a mentoring/positive role model program for elementary or middle grade students; develop and implement a school-wide sportsmanship recognition and awards program; develop a local publicity campaign to produce and present sportsmanship-related public service announcements, local bulletin boards and community service projects; conduct a school or community sportsmanship workshop.

Conduct an internal sportsmanship audit or evaluation involving students, staff and community to determine areas of success and specific areas needing improvement.

Not have a coach or multiple athlete ejections at any level of athletic competition during the school year.