STEVENS POINT, Wis. – More than 420 students and administrators representing 83 teams from 76 member high schools attended the 2021 WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Summit held Wednesday at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point.
Each school was represented by a five-member team or teams consisting of students and school administrators.
The mission of the Sportsmanship Summit was to strengthen the principles of sportsmanship by promoting teamwork, sharing resources and providing the impetus to make a difference in member schools. The event is designed to assist schools in addressing citizenship and sportsmanship values with students, student-athletes, adult fans, advisors, parents and booster clubs; developing plans to improve and maintain sportsmanship; and setting sportsmanship expectations.
The Summit began with a welcome from WIAA Executive Director Stephanie Hauser, followed by the morning keynote speaker Craig Hillier, professional speaker and author of Playing Beyond the Scoreboard and How to Step Up and be a Team Leader & Still Keep Your Friends.
Four 40-minute breakout sessions followed with each topic being presented three times: The four topics of the breakout sessions were: “Sportsmanship: The Official’s Perspective” by Thaddeaus Hilliard; “Setting Sportsmanship Guidelines for Parents” by Jenny Bandow, athletic director at Luxemburg-Casco and a member of the WIAA Sportsmanship Committee; “Sportsmanship Student Leadership Discussions” by the Union Grove Student Athlete Leadership Team (S.A.L.T); and “My Coach Plays Favorites” by Mark Horbinski of WON80 and member of the WIAA Sportsmanship Committee.
After lunch, the assembly received a recap of each of the four breakout sessions from the presenters followed by a brief closing by Hauser.
The 76 member schools that attended the Summit are listed below.
Black River Falls
Divine Savior Holy Angels
Madison Country Day
Racine St. Catherine’s
West Bend East
West Bend West
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln
The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 516 senior high schools and 48 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.
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