It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s how you play the game.
Bradwell’s playing the right way, according to the Georgia High School Association. The school won the GHSA’s Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for Region 2-AAAAAA, it was announced earlier this week.
In all, 56 schools - one from each region in all seven of the state’s classifications - were honored. Bradwell Institute Athletic Director Ken Griffin said he was "swollen with pride" that BI made the list.
"This is an award well-earned by our athletes, coaches, and the community," Griffin said. "In promoting sportsmanship, we realize our opponents have the same goal as we - to win. However, win, lose, or tie, we always want our visitors, both players and spectators, to feel welcomed and when we travel, we want our hosts to always want us to return,"
Georgia’s Electric Membership Cooperatives sponsors the annual award, which "honor schools that demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2016-2017 school year," a press release said.
"Congratulations to all of the region winners of the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2016-2017," said Dr. Robin Hines, GHSA executive director. "It is an honor for these member schools to be selected by their regions for this award. The characteristics of good sportsmanship are critical to the development of our young people as they transition into productive adults. The GHSA applauds our schools on this accomplishment and appreciates Georgia’s EMCs for their support of this outstanding recognition program."
The GHSA and Georgia’s EMCs have sponsored the award since 2006. It is meant to promot the GHSA’s philosophy that "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," according to the release.
Schools are picked by region secretaries "based upon sportsmanship demonstrated throughout the year," the release said.
Other area schools winning the honor for their region include Savannah High School in Region 3-AAA; Tattnall County High School in 2-AAA and Statesboro in 2-AAAAA.