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Sportsmanship, Ethics & Integrity

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The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Committee revised the school awards program as of the 2017-18 school year. New is the availability of up to six grants that member schools, conferences or OHSAA officials associations can earn to use for funding sportsmanship initiatives.

The purpose of the grant is to support efforts to improve good sporting behavior and the contest experience for all participants, fans and officials. Programs that address improving the sporting behavior exhibited by students, fans, and/or participants will be given the highest consideration. Each grant is $500.
The grant submission deadline is June 24, 2019. The grants will be awarded for use during the 2019-20 school year.
In previous years, schools could earn the Respect the Game Challenge, the Harold A. Meyer Award and the Commissioner’s Award. Those awards resulted in banners for school gymnasiums. The new grant model is designed to give schools resources to have an active program in promoting sportsmanship.
Schools are asked to follow the following key points when submitting the grant application:
  • Identify problems at the school related to sportsmanship
  • Identify the goal for correcting the problems
  • Identify those affected by the problem and who will benefit from the awarding of the grant
  • Explain the purpose of the program
  • Decide which resources are needed to implement the program
  • Determine the time frame for implementation, measurables, engagement and sustainability
For more information, please contact John Kuzio at the OHSAA via email [email protected].