Sportsmanship must be learned. We are not born with polished sportsmanship qualities. Therefore, sportsmanship must be taught! As coaches, we are the teacher of sportsmanship to our athletes.

Coaches should teach their athletes to play with fairness, with courteousness, and gracefully accept the results at the end of a game. Coaches need to display these same characteristics so the athlete can demonstrate them properly and know that the coach means business about good sportsmanship.

The ability to be a good sport and display good sportsmanship is dependent on wether we possess the human values of self-disipline, responsibility, integrity, respect and courage.

Good sportsmanship begins and ends with you!

2015-16 Sportsman of the Month Program

Do you know someone that exudes sportsmanship on and/or off the field?  Do you know someone who goes Beyond the Game to empower others through sportsmanship or community service?  If you answered yes to either one of those questions, then it sounds like you know someone who is eligible for Sportsmanship Spotlight!

Congratulations to our 2015-16 Sportsman of the Month winners:

April 2016:
Mount Carmel Academy Softball – Upon hearing Fontainebleau softball player Megan Penny had been diagnosed with leukemia, the Cubs wore orange bows and socks in order to raise awareness. The Cubs were also able to raise money to donate to Megan as she fights the disease.

January & February 2016: Teurlings Catholic Cross Country Team – At the Run for a Cure Meet earlier this fall, first grader Michael Burson was competing in his first ever 2-mile race. After one mile Michael was in last place. The final 300 meters of the race were a struggle as Michael was “exhausted and defeated.” At this point, the entire Teurlings Catholic Cross Country team began to run beside and behind Michael cheering him on while encouraging him to finish the race. With about 30 yards to go the Rebels slowed up and allowed Michael to have his deserved moment as he crossed the finish line by himself.

December 2015: All LHSAA Schools – Earlier this season, South Lafourche freshman football player Trevor Toups suffered a head injury resulting in multiple surgeries. The Tarpon family wanted to recognize all LHSAA member schools who showed support during an extremely tough and trying times this season. Trevor has been considered a "walking miracle" and was recently awarded South Lafourche's higher honor, the TARP Award, at the Tarpons football banquet.

November 2015: Principal Jason Hutchinson, the football team, student body, and fans of Covenant Christian Academy - On September 3rd, Alaina Maiorana of Vandebilt Catholic was diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When Principal Hutchinson heard about Alaina's story, he immediately sent out word to all of his students and parents asking them to add purple (as purple is the color for Hodgkin's Lymphoma) to their usual school colors on the night Covenant Christian and Vandebilt played. He even went a step further and stood outside the gate handing out purple ribbons to all of his fans for them to wear during the game.

October 2015: Stephen Robicheaux, Destrehan – After the Destrehan Wildcats football team secured a hard fought 47-21 victory at Terrebonne High School, head coach Stephen Robicheaux had his team take a knee in the end zone and watch the Terrebonne Crimson Pride band’s performance. Showing an opponent and their support groups that kind of respect is why Stephen Robicheaux was nominated for and selected as our LHSAA October Sportsman of the Month.

September 2015: Sophie and Mary Margaret Gil, Sacred Heart (VP) – 2 years ago Sophie Gil was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of brain cancer. After brain surgery, six weeks of daily radiation and four months of chemotherapy Sophie was blessed by the Dreams Come True foundation with her dream trip to see the Boston Symphony celebration on July 4th. As a measure of thanks, Sophie and her twin sister Mary Margaret held a community-wide garage sale with all proceeds going to Dreams Come True. With the help of their Lady Trojan basketball teammates, Sophie and Mary Margaret Gil were able to raise over $1,500 to donate to the foundation.

2016 Essay Contest

Each year, the LHSAA Beyond the Game program sponsors a Sportsmanship essay contest. This is an opportunity for students at all of our member schools to get creative and tell us what it means to go “beyond the game” in sportsmanship. The guidelines are simple and your entries must be received by May 2, 2016 to be eligible to win. First place will be awarded a prize of $500 and will be recognized at the Annual LHSCA Coaches Clinic banquet in July.

The theme of the essay contest should be based on the following: "Life lessons learned through high school athletics."

Congratulations to Benjamin Reaux, student at South Lafourche High School for being named the 2015 LHSAA Beyond the Game Essay Winner. Benjamin received a check for $500, presented at the LHSCA Coaches Clinic.

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