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JCHS receives the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2016-2017


Planters EMC board members far left, Horace Weathersby III and far right, Lee Reeves, present the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award to, from left, JCHS Athletic Director Chuck Sanders and JCHS Principal Rob Gray before a football game on Friday night. 
(Photo contributed) Planters EMC board members far left, Horace Weathersby III and far right, Lee Reeves, present the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award to, from left, JCHS Athletic Director Chuck Sanders and JCHS Principal Rob Gray before a football game on Friday night. (Photo contributed) You don’t have to look far in today’s society to see multiple examples of lacking civility throughout most days. Coarseness, lack of empathy for neighbors and a general loss of respect for others can be found on any television channel or in any news headline. And while the younger generation often bears the brunt of this accusation, Georgia high schools are leading the way in changing that perception with multiple examples of sportsmanship in competition.

In fact, Georgia’s EMCs, including Planters EMC, are proud to once again recognize the winners of the 2016-2017 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards. Jenkins County High School is one of the recipients of the 2016-2017 Cooperative Spirits Sportsmanship Award.

“Good sportsmanship is a key component of athletics,” says Randy Hill with Planters EMC. “Treating others with respect and dignity is what distinguishes a good team from a great team. Whether they win or lose, it’s important these students handle the outcome with class and don’t let competition get in the way of behaving as responsible, honest and humble young adults.”

Planters EMC, along with the 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 2016- 2017,” 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.”

  Schools such as Jenkins County High School have shown integrity across a variety of athletics, including many groups, ranging from students, coaches, parents, spectators and officials. The award also extends to anyone involved with the athletic event, making this an honor that is shared by both the school and the 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.
 
  Planters EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to 12,500 members in Bulloch, Burke, Effingham, Emanuel, Jenkins, Richmond and Screven counties. Founded in 1904, the GHSA is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of more than 460 public and private high schools that strives to promote good sportsmanship, participant safety, fair play and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. The GHSA administers regulations for region and state competition in 17 sports and two activities.

 For more information, visit www.ghsa.net.

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