Too many times, we hear about the poor losers and bullies in sports; those parents, coaches and participants who make the sensational headlines with their bad behavior. But this year, the Lilburn community is proud of those students, coaches, and faculty at Providence Christian Academy who exemplify good sportsmanship and leadership.
The Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award was introduced in 2006 and sponsored by the GHSA and Georgia’s EMCs. GHSA’s philosophy is: “Students, athletes, coaches, spectators and all others associated with high school activities programs should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.”
The award is presented to schools around the state that “exhibit exceptional sportsmanship during competitive events.” It represents an honor to the school, as well as the community.
In a press release from PCA, Dr. Ralph Swearngin, executive director for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) is quoted as saying “Good sportsmanship is an essential aspect of school-based athletics. It is good citizenship demonstrated during competition,” he explained.
PCA’s Athletic Director, Michael Woods, praised the coaches for their “consistent leadership, positive impact, influence and integrity,” but noted that the award is a “real tribute to the entire PCA community.”
He states that the GHSA believes that “some progress can be made in reversing that trend by emphasizing good sportsmanship in our athletic events. The GHSA appreciates its partnership with Georgia’s EMC’s so that those who do practice good sportsmanship can be rewarded."
Lilburn has much to be proud of with these exceptional athletes and coaches at PCA, and Joanna Dukes, who handles media relations with the school says they are proud to share this distinction with Berkmar High, who was also awarded the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for their classification.