The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity (SEI) Committee has announced that five Northeast Ohio member schools have been selected to receive school sportsmanship awards from the 2014-15 academic year. The five schools met the ‘Respect the Game Challenge,’ while one of those schools also earned the Harold A. Meyer Award.
The complete list of 27 recipients was accepted by the OHSAA Board of Directors last week at its regularly scheduled October board meeting. This is the fifth year the OHSAA’s revised three-tiered process for the Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity school awards has been implemented.
In order to meet the ‘Respect the Game Challenge,’ schools must complete a comprehensive checklist that confirms the various sportsmanship, ethics and integrity programs within their school. Besides developing a well-planned, educational program on sportsmanship, the form reminds schools to develop a comprehensive student-athlete campaign; a coaches’ campaign; a student body, student support group, parents and fan campaign; and a public address announcers’ campaign. Schools that have met the challenge receive a “Respect The Game” banner that can be displayed in a prominent area of the school. Repeat winners receive the numerals corresponding to the year(s) the award has been earned.
Meeting the ‘Respect The Game Challenge’ is the precursor to being considered for the Harold A. Meyer Award. That award, named in honor of the late OHSAA commissioner from 1969 to 1977, is presented to schools that demonstrate via a PowerPoint presentation they have completed an eight-part program that promotes sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in their schools and communities. There were no schools that achieved the highest level award, the Commissioner’s Award, last school year.
2014-15 Harold A. Meyer Award and Respect the Game Challenge Recipients
Amelia High School (Batavia)
Bishop Watterson High School (Columbus)
John Sells Middle School (Dublin)
Ross High School (Hamilton)
St. Ursula Academy (Cincinnati)
Teays Valley East Middle School (Ashville)
West Holmes High School (Millersburg)
2014-15 Respect the Game Challenge Recipients
Allen East High School (Harrod)
Alliance High School
Steele High School (Amherst)
Bowling Green Middle School (Bowling Green)
Clermont Northeastern High School (Batavia)
Conotton Valley High School (Bowerston)
Johnstown-Monroe High School
La Salle High School (Cincinnati)
Mariemont High School (Cincinnati)
Nagel Middle School (Cincinnati)
Norwood High School (Norwood)
Olentangy High School (Lewis Center)
Olentangy Orange (Lewis Center)
Ottawa-Glandorf High School
St. Mary Central Catholic (Sandusky)
Sycamore Junior High (Cincinnati)
Vermilion High School
Washington High School (Washington Court House)
White Oak Middle School (Cincinnati)
Zane Trace Middle School (Chillicothe)
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