Eight Nebraska High Schools Earn NSAA’s Farmers Sportsmanship Award for 2010-11

By: Courtesy: Nebraska School Activities Association
By: Courtesy: Nebraska School Activities Association


2010-2011 Sportsmanship Award Winners



Lincoln Lutheran



Norfolk Catholic



The Nebraska School Activities Association is pleased to announce the second set of Nebraska high schools earning the prestigious Farmers School Sportsmanship Award. The annual awards program is designed to recognize NSAA member high schools that establish and follow a quality sportsmanship program within their athletic activities.

The following Nebraska high schools have met the criteria listed below and are the 2010-2011 Farmers Sportsmanship Award winners.

Valentine High School and Pierce High School earned the award for the first time, while Gothenburg, Lincoln Lutheran, Milford, Norfolk Catholic, Seward, and Stanton were honored for the second consecutive year.

“I know that we are proud to honor the new schools: Valentine and Pierce high schools for their efforts to provide a friendly sporting environment for interscholastic competition,” says Dr. Steve Shanahan, interim executive director of the NSAA. “We are also pleased to have six schools make a continued commitment to sportsmanship. Farmers Insurance and I commended those schools and their communities for investing in the journey we call sportsmanship.”

The above NSAA member schools will receive the Farmers School Sportsmanship banner to hang within their school. A Farmers representative will present the Sportsmanship Award banner at an all-school assembly of the school’s choosing during the upcoming school year.

Farmers School Sportsmanship Criteria

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

2. Promote awareness and involvement in sportsmanship and citizenship efforts by accomplishing three of the following (provide evidence to verify):

a. Attend NCA/NSIAAA Sportsmanship Summit (list names of student and adult participants)

b. Receive the NCA/NSIAAA Sportsmanship Award at an NSAA Girls and/or Boys State Basketball or Soccer Championships.

c. Utilize the NFHS “Sportsmanship. It’s up to you,” materials.

d. Print and announce sportsmanship messages at all spectator activities.

e. Publicize/Highlight a public action by a student or coach from your school who exhibited good sportsmanship in the media.

f. Conduct a school-wide or grade level sportsmanship essay contest submitting the winning essay to the NSAA for possible publication.

g. Conduct another appropriate project.

3. Promote awareness and involvement in sportsmanship and citizenship efforts by accomplishing one of the following (provide evidence to verify):

a. Develop a Mentoring/Positive Role Model program for elementary or middle grade students.

b. Develop and implement a school-wide sportsmanship recognition and awards program.

c. Develop a local publicity campaign to produce and present sportsmanship-related public service announcements, local bulletin boards and community service projects.

d. Conduct a school or community sportsmanship workshop.

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

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

Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case maybe. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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