In recognition of the vital role good sportsmanship plays in shaping today's student-athletes, the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) recently named recipients of this year's Fred Rozelle Sportsmanship Awards.
The award honor schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2012-13 regular season and FHSAA State Series. Criteria for selection of the winners included programs and activities implemented within the school and community to promote sportsmanship; the number and type of unsportsmanlike ejections; the number and type of exceptional sportsmanship reports; and the source of the nomination.
Twenty high schools and three middle schools received the prestigious award this year, with North Fort Myers High School winning the award for Class 5A.
In recognition of their achievement, the students and staff of North High will be presented with a check for $3,000 and a commemorative plaque at their first pep rally on Friday, Sept. 6.
"This is a special award for our member schools, honoring those who truly do things the right way," said FHSAA executive director Dr. Roger Dearing. "Sportsmanship is the most important value we can install in our young student-athletes, and the schools we honor today have demonstrated a deep commitment to integrity and the spirit of fair play."
The Lee County School District acknowledges North Fort Myers High for their commitment to promoting the positive "Red Knight Spirit" in all of their endeavors.