By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Two first-time locations and sessions conducted by local game officials are among additions to the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s annual Sportsmanship Summit series, which will run again during the first three weeks of November.
The MHSAA has conducted Sportsmanship Summits across Michigan for more than 20 years and will visit four sites this fall including Traverse City and Ann Arbor each for the first time. The Summit series kicks off Nov. 7 at Saginaw Valley State University and finishes Nov. 16 in Grand Rapids.
MHSAA staff, with assistance from school administrators and the MHSAA Student Advisory Council, conduct Sportsmanship Summits. More than 1,000 students from more than 100 schools are expected to take part in the four workshops, where they will discuss the line that separates good from bad sportsmanship, especially when it comes to cheering at athletic events. Instruction will be based in part on insights gained during the Student Advisory Council’s Battle of the Fans competitions, which annually began recognizing the best student cheering section in Michigan during the 2011-12 winter season.
This fall’s Summits also again will feature hands-on breakout sessions. New this fall, students will have the opportunity to meet with and discuss sportsmanship with local game officials, who will explain sportsmanship from their points of view and how it may differ from what students experience as competitors or fans. Members of the Student Advisory Council have developed and will instruct during another breakout session and also play a role in the opening all-Summit presentation. To conclude the Summits, the delegation from each participating school will meet to develop a youth sportsmanship campaign to implement upon returning to school.
Sessions will take place at the following:
• Saginaw – Nov. 7 – Saginaw Valley State University Conference Center – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• Traverse City – Nov. 9 – Grand Traverse Resort – 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• Ann Arbor – Nov. 14 – Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel – 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
• Grand Rapids – Nov. 16 – Crowne Plaza Airport – 9 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Registration at each site is limited to the first 300 students and administrators. Schools are welcome to bring as many as 10 total representatives, including two administrators. For additional registration information, contact Andy Frushour at the MHSAA office – firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 332-5046. Click for details.