Sanderson High School will be honored at the NC High School Athletic Association Annual Meeting on May 6 at the Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus.
Sanderson High is the winner of the 2010 Sportsmanship Award. The school will receive a trophy and a banner for display as well as a $1000 cash award.
The award is given as a cooperative venture among the NCHSAA, the North Carolina Coaches Association and the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association.
The sportsmanship honor is designed to recognize a school that has been ejection free, has a plan to promote and implement good sportsmanship, is welcoming to visiting fans, makes appropriate accommodations for officials and their own fans demonstrate good sportsmanship.
Sanderson has long promoted sportsmanship, as the athletic department has awarded a Sportsmanship Award to one male and female student-athlete in their program who best exemplifies good sportsmanship for the last 42 years. The school advertises and posts a list of spectator “do’s and don’ts” at Sanderson athletic events, public address announcers read a sportsmanship message before contests and an appeal to good sportsmanship is found in the Sanderson souvenir program.
The school also works to create a welcoming environment for officials working the game as well as visiting teams who come there to play.
The process of selection for the award is a multi-tiered one, including nominations and feedback from schools to select finalists, and then the finalists submitted applications with specific information relative to their potential award.