Rushville Republican

January 15, 2013

RCHS awarded IHSAA sportsmanship banner

Aaron Kirchoff
Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Every year the Indiana High School Athletic Association presents a sportsmanship banner to high schools in Indiana that have incurred no IHSAA by-laws violations during the previous school year, that have had no players or coaches ejected from an IHSAA athletic contest during the previous year and that have a written plan on file that documents the school’s commitment to practicing good sportsmanship.

This is a difficult award to win. In fact, only one-third of the IHSAA’s 410 member schools earned the right to display a sportsmanship banner for the 2011-12 school year. The IHSAA announced that Rushville Consolidated High School is one of these schools.

"In my 12 years as athletic director, this is our first such honor. It is a great credit to our athletes and our coaches. I believe in the heat of competition our kids are a direct reflection of their coaches. For this we can be very proud," Dave Green said.

One of the most enduring lessons taught by education-based athletics is the importance of practicing good sportsmanship and the significant contribution it makes to our society. Respect for authority, self-control, fairness and civilized behavior are enduring values that strengthen our culture at every level. The IHSAA congratulates and thanks the RCHS student-athletes, all of the coaches, the student body and this entire community for being one of the 137 high schools in Indiana to win this prestigious award.

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