The Florida High School Athletic Association is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award. Recognizing member schools that promote sportsmanship both on and off the field, the award is given to schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2017-2018 regular season as well as FHSAA State Series competition. This year, 10 high schools and two middle schools received the prestigious award.
“One of our goals as an Association is to promote and reward outstanding sportsmanship,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “This mission statement goes far beyond the confines of competition; it reaches into everyday life and will assist our student-athletes as they develop into productive citizens in communities around the state. We are thrilled to award these schools who exemplify not only sportsmanship, but teamwork and citizenship as well.”
The award, presented annually since 1991, is named in honor of FHSAA Commissioner Emeritus Fred E. Rozelle.
The overall classification recipient is presented to one school in each classification whose total sports program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship as demonstrated by its coaches, players and spectators. Awards are also given to a runner up within each classification. Criteria for selection of the winners includes programs and activities implemented within the school and community to promote sportsmanship; the number and type of exceptional sportsmanship reports; and the source of the nomination.
Classification runner-ups receive $500 and a commemorative plaque, with the classification winner taking home $2,500 and a plaque.
The schools receiving the FHSAA/Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for outstanding sportsmanship for the 2017-2018 school year are:
|2A||Lakeside Christian (Clearwater)||Aucilla Christian (Monticello)|
|4A||Northside Christian (St. Petersburg)||N/A|
|5A||Community School (Naples)||N/A|
|6A||Ridgeview (Orange Park)||Dunedin|
|8A||Wharton (Tampa)||Wharton (Tampa)|
|9A||Colonial (Orlando)||Hialeah Gardens|
|Middle||Yulee||Roulhac Middle (Chipley)|