Carroll EMC Awards High Schools with GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award

Carroll EMC Awards High Schools with GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award

Heather Whisenhunt from Carroll EMC awards Haralson County High School Principal, Benjie Cole.


Helping to shape future citizens of the community is something close to the heart of Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative. That is why Carroll EMC is proud to announce the winners of the 2017-2018 Georgia High School Association Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards: Haralson County High School and Heard County High School.

“High school athletes have a lot on their plate,” says Taylor Key, Community Relations Specialist with Carroll EMC. “But one of the most important things is that these young people are responsible for are how they carry themselves. Creating the habits of exemplary sportsmanship now will go with them long after the whistle blows and the scoreboard clock shows time has expired on the game. It is one of life’s greatest lessons, one that will mold them into healthy and productive adults. We’re proud to be a part of such a wonderful award that honors outstanding high school athletes across the state of Georgia.”

Carroll EMC, along with other EMCs in Georgia, have presented the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award each year since 2006 to emphasize, encourage and reward positive behavior in athletics.

To be considered for recognition, students, athletes, coaches, spectators and anyone else associated with high school activities programs must display respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility before, during and after competition.

“Congratulations to all of the region winners of the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2017-2018,” says Dr. Robin Hines, GHSA Executive Director. “It is an honor for these member schools to be selected by their regions for this award. The characteristics of good sportsmanship are critical to the development of our young people as they transition into productive adults. The GHSA applauds our schools on this accomplishment and appreciates Georgia’s EMCs for their support of this outstanding recognition program.”

The schools honored with this award, saw their representatives demonstrate a high-level of honorable behavior across all sports throughout the school year and among many different groups, ranging from students, coaches, parents, spectators and officials. With the award serving as a compliment to anyone involved with the school’s athletic events, this is an award not just for the school, but for the entire community.

Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards are presented annually by EMC representatives during fall athletic events and school assemblies to GHSA-member high schools in 56 regions and seven classifications.

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