2011 concluded in grand style for the Sportsmanship Brigade. We visited the Catholic Youth Council (CYC) 6th grade boys volleyball playoffs on Saturday. St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and Immaculate Conception of Dardenne Prairie (ICD) locked horns in the quarterfinals. It was a very aggressive match and the boys left all they had on the court. They were diving and grunting all over the place. Yet, they played with respect and played within the rules – which by the way has been a common theme throughout the Brigade’s visits to CYC games. St. Rose took the first set and seemed confident going into the second. ICD had other plans, though. They took the second and third sets to advance to the semifinals.
These young men are good athletes and even better people. The Brigade recognized five young men – three from ICD and two from St. Rose. All cheered for their teammates when they were on the bench and were seen encouraging teammates and even opponents seemingly after every play on the court. The reason you only see four boys in the picture with me is because the second young man from St. Rose left with his parents before we could catch up. His coach accepted the award on his behalf. We were very impressed with both teams.
As basketball season begins in January, look for the Sportsmanship Brigade at a gym near you. Whether it’s CYC, City Rec, or your local sports association – the Brigade wants to see young people doing the right thing. If you want your youth league or organization on the 2012 schedule or you want to volunteer as a Brigade member, please call 314-345-5130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who visit youth sports events looking for acts of good sportsmanship by athletes, coaches, parents, and fans. Those who display good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. For more info on the Brigade and all of the programs within the St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Initiative, please visit sportsmanship.org. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!