NESCAC Student-Athletes Celebrate Sportsmanship

HADLEY, Mass. - Student-athletes from around the NESCAC are helping promote sportsmanship on National Sportsmanship Day and throughout the month of March in their local communities. With the support of each institution’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), NESCAC student-athletes will engage in a variety of activities with local students, fellow athletes, coaches, fans and parents in an effort to promote good sportsmanship and practices.

Over the past weekend, the Middlebury SAAC increased awareness of sportsmanship during the 2006 NESCAC Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Championship by distributing pamphlets at Kenyon Arena. The pamphlets highlighted sportsmanship practices for players, coaches, fans and parents, outlining ideas such as acting as a role models to younger athletes, being considerate and respectful of players and other fans, and encouraging proper sportsmanship in a team environment. Posters promoting sportsmanship were also displayed around the Middlebury athletic facilities and at local elementary, middle and high schools. Varsity athletes from each Panther team will visit local schools this week to talk to students about the importance of sportsmanship in athletics as well as in other endeavors in life.

While there may not be any athletic events going on this week due to the short break between athletic seasons, the Trinity SAAC is promoting National Sportsmanship Day on the Bantams’ campus with an article in the school newspaper centering on sportsmanship. Accompanying the article is a question and answer feature with six Trinity student-athletes regarding their thoughts and ideas surrounding sportsmanship. Brochures dealing with sportsmanship will be distributed in mailboxes and in the Trinity dining hall this week to help reach the entire student body.

The Tufts SAAC is preparing to host a sportsmanship day this coming Sunday, March 12, for Medford students enrolled in grades 4-through-6. The local students will join varsity student-athletes for fun and games at Cousens Gymnasium, home to the Jumbos’ men’s and women’s basketball teams, participating in a variety of sports along with learning what it means to be a good sport. Students that attend will also receive a water bottle with the words ‘Be a Good Sport’ printed on it.

Student-athletes from Bates will head to nearby Lewiston Middle School during the week of March 13 to help educate students on sportsmanship. Representatives from each team will speak with the local students at the middle school over the course of three days, discussing topics surrounding sportsmanship, playing fair, and how to be a good fan while supporting your favorite team.

Set for Tuesday, March 7, the 16th-annual National Sportsmanship Day is organized by the Institute for International Sport at the University of Rhode Island. National Sportsmanship Day promotes the appreciation of the role of ethics, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution and fair play in athletics and society through education and sport.

NESCAC member institutions offer extensive and broad based intercollegiate as well as club and intramural opportunities for both men and women. The Conference sponsors 24 conference sports and with member schools sponsoring an average of nearly 30 varsity programs, the NESCAC provides more than 7,500 opportunities for participation in intercollegiate competition at the Division III level. 

Founded in 1971, The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) consists of 11 liberal arts colleges and has consistently reflected its commitment to the values of athletics and academic achievement. The member colleges of the conference are Amherst College, Bates College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Trinity College, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, and Williams College. For more information on the NESCAC, visit www.nescac.com.