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STEVENS POINT, Wis. – More than 725 students and administrators of 122 teams representing 106 member high schools attended the 2018 WIAA/Rural Mutual Insurance Sportsmanship Summit held Wednesday in Stevens Point, Wis.

Schools from throughout the state were in attendance at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center. Each school was represented by at least one six-member team consisting of students, school administrators, coaches, school board members, media and/or community leaders.

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 was intended 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 brief welcome from WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson, followed by morning keynote speaker Craig Hillier, professional speaker and author of Playing Beyond the Scoreboard.

Participants also attended three morning break-out sessions. The subjects for the five, 40-minute break-out presentations available during the three time slots were “The Coach and Participants Roles in Sportsmanship” by Mark Maas, veteran teacher and coach, and State track & field color commentator on the NFHS Network; “Obtaining Victory with Virtue” by Mark Horbinski of WON80 and a member of the WIAA Sportsmanship Committee; “Sportsmanship: The Official’s Perspective” by Thaddeaus Hilliard, veteran WIAA licensed official; “Peer Sportsmanship Leadership” by Athletic Directors Aaron May of Waunakee and Sportsmanship Committee member, and Eric Nee of Sun Prairie; and “Sportsmanship Roundtable Discussions” moderated by Amy Vesperman, superintendent at Plum City, and Jenny Bandow, athletic director at Luxemburg-Casco. They are also members of the WIAA Sportsmanship Committee.

After lunch, the assembly heard comments from Eric Coleman, president of the WIAA Board of Control, and Mike Lubahn, director of marketing for Rural Mutual Insurance. The afternoon keynote address by Lance Allan, WTMJ-TV sports reporter and Wisconsin Sports Reporter of the Year in 2005 and 2012, closed the program.

WIAA member schools that attend the Summit are listed below.

Abundant Life Christian
Adams-Friendship
Almond-Bancroft
Ashwaubenon
Athens
Audubon Technology
Baraboo
Belleville  
Benton
Bonduel
Brillion
Cambria-Friesland
Cambridge
Campbellsport
Catholic Central
Chilton
Clintonville
Crivitz
Cudahy
Deerfield
Divine Savior Holy Angels
Dodgeland
East Troy
Edgerton
Elkhorn Area
Fall River
Fox Valley Lutheran
Freedom
Germantown
Gillett
Grafton
Green Bay East
Hartford Union   
Hilbert
Horicon
Iola-Scandinavia
Johnson Creek
Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic Ac.
Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Kewaunee
Lake Mills
Luther
Luxemburg-Casco
Madison Country Day
Manitowoc Lutheran
Marinette    
McFarland
Medford
Menominee Indian
Mercer
Merrill
Middleton
Milw. Wis Conservatory of Lifelong Learning
Milwaukee Bay View
Milwaukee Bradley Tech
Milwaukee Hamilton
Milwaukee Juneau
Milwaukee King
Milwaukee Riverside University H.S.
Milwaukee Ronald Reagan
Milwaukee Washington
Montello   
Mosinee   
Muskego
Necedah
Neenah
Nekoosa
New Glarus
Northland Pines
Northwestern
Oakfield
Oconto Falls
Oshkosh West
Pardeeville
Port Edwards
Princeton
Pulaski
Racine Saint Catherine’s
Random Lake
Reedsville
Ripon
River Falls
River Valley
Shawano Community
Siren
Stratford
Tigerton
Tomahawk
Union Grove
University School of Milwaukee
Valley Christian - Oshkosh
Watertown
Waukesha North
Waukesha South   
Waukesha West   
Wausau East
Wausau West
Wauwatosa East   
Wauwatosa West   
Wauzeka-Steuben
Wayland Academy
West Bend West
West Salem
Westfield Area
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln
Wrightstown   

The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 511 senior high schools and 46  junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It will sponsor 27 championship tournament series in 2018-19. For more information, please contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580.


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Athletic Association
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