The Door County Civility Project appreciates the support of local school staffs in promoting good sportsmanship, not only among young athletes but also among the many community members who are spectators at school events.
“Be Respectful” banners have been posted in most, if not all, school gyms and athletic fields that read:
Please remember, these are student athletes playing a game. As a spectator, you are a role model. Be positive, Be respectful, Be supportive!
Similar messages are announced at athletic events and printed in event programs.
While the media has reported examples of less than sportsman-like behavior from fans in other Wisconsin schools, we can be proud that the WIAA has recognized our local schools for displays of good sportsmanship.
Besides the young athletes, coaches, athletic directors, and referees on the courts and fields also deserve our respect. They work long, hard hours to make youth sports safe, fair, and fun!
Should something occur at a sporting event that disturbs you, please take time to cool off before addressing it. You’ll be in a much better position to choose your words and actions wisely. Check your school district’s athletic codes and policies, which include procedures for addressing a complaint, usually to the coach first and then the athletic director or principal if needed.
Please continue to do your part in promoting and modeling civility in the stands at our local athletic events!
On behalf of the Door County Civility Project