The theme of the 2nd Annual Essay Contest is “Sportsmanship: Going Beyond the Game."
At the LHSAA, sportsmanship is at the core of our values and our student-athletes are the ones who exhibit sportsmanship on a regular basis. That’s why we really believe in this essay contest, which allows students to express in their own words what being a good sport is all about.
Because of the success of last year’s contest, I decided to make this a leading component of our Beyond the Game Sportsmanship Program each year. After reading last year’s essays, I was amazed at what our students and student-athletes had to say about sportsmanship. Some of them went so far as to get really creative and use touching, personal experiences to their stories.
For me, this added a special and unique touch to their narratives.
The winner of the contest will be awarded a cash prize of $500 and will be recognized at the annual LHSCA Coaches Clinic banquet in July. Each year, the Louisiana High School Coaches Association hosts an annual summer clinic where some of the top coaches from across the state and even the country come to present workshops to our education-based coaches.
The contest is open to any student in grades 9 through 12 at an LHSAA member school. Students must be between the ages of 14 and 18. There is a 500-word maximum, and all entries must be typed.
Applicants must also send an information form with their essay, and the form can be found on our website at www.LHSAA.org. Once you are on our website, choose Schools, Sportsmanship and then Essay Contest under Related Forms & Downloads.
The deadline to submit an essay entry is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The application may be faxed to 225-296-5919 or e-mailed Communications Consultant Renee Trimble at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also mail the form directly to our office, located at 12720 Old Hammond Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
I strongly urge our member school students to challenge themselves and compete to win this essay contest. It is a great opportunity to put into words what being a good sport means to you. I wish all of you good luck, and I hope to receive many applications.
For more information about our Beyond the Game Sportsmanship Program, visit www.LHSAA.org and choose Sportsmanship.