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!...READ MORE

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

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 April 29, 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: "The thrill of victory lasts only a moment; the respect earned through good sportsmanship lasts for eternity."...READ MORE

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

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