Cornell @ Athens
Aug. 26, 2022
This letter is to recognize the outstanding sportsmanship displayed by the Athens Blue Jays and the Cornell Chiefs. First, it’s a pleasure to work with Athen’s Athletic Director Craig Diedrich. His communication and ability to work with officials is outstanding. Second, Head Coaches Todd Diethelm and Craig Braaten teach positive sportsmanship to their coaching staff and players. Both team’s sidelines were encouraging, great to communicate with, and kept their sidelines clean during the play. This really helps keep officials safe and able to do their job. Questions were asked and the coaches appreciated the explanations given. Third, the players did an amazing job on the field. They worked and communicated well with officials, motivated their own teammates, provided the opposing team with words of praise, and helped each other off the turf. As a crew, we concluded that these athletes were some of the most respectful, positive, and grateful athletes we have encountered over decades of officiating. Plus, they adhered to playing safe football regarding blocks and defenseless players. Last, those typically not in the spotlight did an exceptional job. The chain gang was competent and listened well, the announcer positive, the clock operator spot on, fans positive and constructive, and the athletic trainer from Marshfield Clinic caring during her busy evening. It is contests like these that make the task of officiating rewarding. Our crew tips it cap to the communities of Athens and Cornell and the educational leadership of those schools. It takes time and effort to train our youth on the importance of education, sports, leadership, and exhibiting positive sportsmanship.
Reporting Official: Shawn Umland