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 2017-18 Sportsman of the Month winners:
December 2017: When Tragedy “Spikes” a Team, Sorrow Follows--No Playbook
No coach game plans for the unexpected death of a student-athlete. There's no playbook that can make the loss easier. For University High, nearly four months after the death of sophomore volleyball player, Brionna Ross, winters’ arrival brings about a glimmer of hope to move beyond the woes of reality. In the midst of Ross’ death, the resilient Cubs have been able to serve on, playing every match dig for dig, spike for spike and ace for ace. Even though the rotation did not include number 12, the Lady Cubs held strong, “Doing It All for Bri!” Her kind spirit and bright smile resonating within the hearts of each player. Despite not having a game plan for deaths’ opponent, the team, coaching staff and community dedicated their efforts to figuring this one out along the way. The U-High Volleyball team was also recently honored by the Capital City Board of Volleyball Officials. The LHSAA, WVLA and Gold Star Trophies would like to congratulate The University High Lady Cubs’ Volleyball team for their commitment and compassion to sportsmanship. Watch UHIGH's interview here.
November 2017: Homecoming King Crowns Unsuspecting Friend
"Play It Forward" winners earn recognition for their sportsmanship on the field, but our November winner garnered attention for what he did during football season, off the field. Terrence Gray, a senior defensive end at Ellender High School, decided his Homecoming King crown should go to one of his fellow students with cerebral palsy. Gray crowned Tate Billiot simply because, "I just wanted to do something meaningful and special." It was an unselfish act of kindness. A star football player giving his homecoming crown to an unsuspecting friend. Terrence Gray was elated when he was crowned Homecoming King on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Without thinking, the unexpected happened. He decided to share his blessing with sophomore Tate Billiot. Terrence and some of his teammates lifted Tate's wheelchair on the stage and adorned him with the crown and sash. "To see the smile on his face, it's wonderful," Gray said. "He deserved to be a king too..." Tate's glowing smile is an inspiration for students at Ellender High School. Homecoming Queen, Jaylin Poe, stated, "Terrence Gray's gesture brought everyone to tears." The LHSAA, WVLA and Gold Star Trophies would like to congratulate Terrence Gray for his commitment to sportsmanship. Watch Terrence's interview here.
October 2017: Charity Leads to Perfection
Sometimes its the smallest gestures that can mean the most. That seems to be the attitude by the Hannan Hawks...after the whistle, at least. The motto of Archbishop Hannan High School is "Charity Leads to Perfection." Senior quarterback Chris Rabensteiner lived these words in a recent Hawk football game, offering a hand to help up an opponent after a play. This picture is only a snapshot that speaks a true tetstament of this young man's character. On an off the field Rabensteiner exhibits good will throughout his daily walk. "This picture is who this young man is. You can ask anyone who knows him," states Athletic Director, Joseph Hines. "You truly captured who Chris is as a young man. Thank you for honoring our school, our football program, and most importantly Chris," says Head Football Coach Scott Wattigny. The LHSAA, WVLA and Gold Star Trophies would like to congratulate Chris Rabensteiner for his commitment to sportsmanship. Watch Chris' interview here.