NYSPHSAA Announces Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Winners

Date Posted: 07/13/2020
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications


NYSPHSAA Announces 2019-2020
Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award Winners

LATHAM, NY- The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) is proud to announce Columbia High School (Section 2), Lisbon Central School (Section X) and Center Moriches High School (Section XI) as its winners of the 2019-20 Sportsmanship Promotion program. This year marks the 23rd year that deserving schools have been recognized by the NYSPHSAA’s Sportsmanship Promotion program.

The award is presented to schools who have developed proactive approaches in keeping sportsmanship in the forefront with their students, coaches, spectators, and communities. A total of 348 schools submitted the Sportsmanship Promotion Survey to the NYSPHSAA from that, 48 schools were chosen by their Sections as plaque winners.

All the winning schools display Stay in the Game banners in their facilities, a school representative greets visiting teams upon their arrival for home game. In addition, the schools honor visiting seniors on the home teams senior night and thank officials at the end of all games.


Columbia High School – Section 2 (eighth consecutive year)

For the 8th consecutive year, Columbia High School has been honored for their exemplary sportsmanship work. Columbia has an Athletic Code of Conduct committee which also serves as a student leadership club. They discuss all aspects of Athletics including Sportsmanship. The school Athletic Director meets with all game supervisors to develop a system to address anyone that shows poor sportsmanship. In addition, signs have been posted on all fields/gyms promoting sportsmanship.


“It's an honor to receive this award on behalf of our student-athletes, coaches, parents, community and district,” said Mike Leonard, Columbia Athletic Director. “Our entire Athletic department takes great pride in implementing and participating in many positive sportsmanship programs and activities. These programs and activities have created a positive culture within our athletic programs, school, and community. I am so proud of all of our student-athletes and coaches for helping develop and setting a positive tone and emphasizing and promoting sportsmanship.”


Lisbon Central School – Section X (first time)

For the first time in school history, Lisbon Central School has been chosen as a Sportsmanship Promotion Banner winner. At Lisbon, if a spectator, coach, or student behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner, there is a school policy in place to address it. A chaperone, administrator or the Athletic Director will address the behavior with the individual, and depend on the severity of the situation, will remove from individual from the event. If a removal occurs, a follow up meeting with the individual and school administration is conducted the following day. To return to an event, that person may have to show proof of completion of one of the NFHS courses on spectator/parent/player behavior. The Lisbon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will also be evaluating school sportsmanship policies and discuss them for further improvements.

“It is such a great honor for Lisbon to receive this award,” said Erika Backus, Lisbon Central School Athletic Director. “Sportsmanship is taught daily within the world of athletics, often at times without even realizing it.  We encourage our athletes to demonstrate good sportsmanship both in and out of competition, respect the game and all aspects of it, and to do their best.  I am so extremely proud of our district, coaches, and our student athletes.”


Center Moriches High School – Section XI(second time)
For the second time in school history (2011-12), Center Moriches High School has won a Sportsmanship Promotion Banner. Center Moriches preaches proactive education with reactive consequences when needed. The school produces its own public service announcements from the broadcasting classes to highlight concepts, students, and teams. The Athletic Department also gives sportsmanship awards to at least one member of each JV and Varsity team who exemplifies sportsmanship

"Center Moriches is honored to be selected as a NYSPHSAA banner award winner,” said Jeremy Thode, Center Moriches Athletic Director. “We view sportsmanship promotion not only as a priority for competition but also as a vehicle for a much larger initiative. Center Moriches is embracing the acceptance and celebration of all individuals in our district. We are committed to be on the forefront of diversity and inclusivity education as part of our comprehensive plan for our entire school community.”

Recent Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award Winners:
2019 -   Columbia High School (Section 2)
               Arlington High School (Section I)  
2018 – Columbia High School (Section 2)
               Franklin High School (Section V)
               Islip High School (Section XI)       
              West Genesee High School (Section III)
2017 – Columbia High School (Section 2)
              West Genesee High School (Section III)
2016 – Byram Hills High School (Section I)
             Columbia High School (Section 2)
             Cooperstown High School (Section III)
2015Columbia High School (Section 2)
2014 – Columbia High School (Section 2)
             Carthage High School (Section III)
2013 – Columbia High School (Section 2)

The complete list of previous Sportsmanship Promotion banner winners can be found here:



About NYSPHSAA (Twitter: @NYSPHSAA | Facebook: NYSPHSAA | YouTube: NYSPHSAASports):
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.