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CK School honored for Outstanding Sportsmanship

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Florida High School Athletic Association names 23 schools

By The Staff

Cedar Key is the overall winner of the 2013 Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for the 1A District of the Florida High School Athletic Association.

The award honors schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2012-2013 regular season and FHSAA State Series, according to an association press release.Twenty high schools and three middle schools received the prestigious award.

Cedar Key was the section 1 winner for a Sportsmanship Award and edged out The Villages Charter for the Overall Award.

“This is a special award for our member schools, honoring those who truly do things the right way,” said FHSAA Executive Director Dr. Roger Dearing. “Sportsmanship is the most important value we can install in our young student-athletes, and the schools we honor today have demonstrated a deep commitment to integrity and the spirit of fair play.”

The award, presented annually since 1991, is named in honor of FHSAA Commissioner Emeritus Fred E. Rozelle. It is presented to one school in each classification whose total sports program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship as demonstrated by its coaches, players and spectators. Criteria for selection of the winners includes programs and activities implemented within the school and community to promote sportsmanship; the number and type of unsportsmanlike ejections; the number and type of exceptional sportsmanship reports; and the source of the nomination.

Section winners will each receive $500 and a commemorative plaque. Each overall winner will receive an additional $2,500 and a larger plaque.