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To: Mead Coaches, Student-Athletes, their Parents and Families
Re: Sportsmanship Reminder and message from Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations


In a recent article posted in the nfhs news, Dr. Niehoff stated the following:

From time to time, everyone needs a wake-up call to get back on course, to regain focus and to ‘get with the program’. That time is at hand in high school sports as it relates to unsportsmanlike conduct. . . When appropriate behavior occurs, competitive play is more enjoyable.

Across the State and in the Greater Spokane League, we have had our share of unsportsmanlike play and inappropriate fan behavior. Recently we have become aware of instances that involved our community of fans and we are simply asking everyone to take a breath and be grateful for the opportunities that our young people have to participate and compete for their high school. And when it comes to supporting our coaches, and our kids, please remember where we have come from and what they have been through to get here. Let’s support them with sportsmanship in mind.

We have won a lot this year; winning 11 of 19 Greater Spokane League Titles and earning the Greater Spokane League’s All Sports Trophy for the 28th time in the 40-year history of the award. We are currently 3rd in the WIAA 3A Scholastic Cup standings, which is an award that recognizes athletic accomplishments as well as academic achievement.

Additionally, remember to treat our officials with respect and honor their time and commitment to the games our kids play. Our officials’ groups have been stretched thin because of a lack of membership and in order to retain new officials, those officiating for the first time need to have the same positive experiences in their roles that we want for our

young people. Show up to the game to cheer for our team and not against the officials or our opponents.

Let’s be proud of our accomplishments and our student-athletes and recognize that there are many lessons to learn when our kids come together to compete for their school. Let’s continue to ‘represent’ Mead High School with class where we win with pride and humility and lose with grace and dignity.

Thank you.

John Barrington Athletic Director

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