There have been many positive messages for students and staff as the new school year begins—like the one FCPS Teacher of the Year Mike Franklin shared last week as a guest blogger. The start of the school year also means the start of another sports season for our Central Maryland Conference athletes.
Coaches can be amazing teachers. They assess an athlete’s skill level and help her to improve as an individual. They guide a team in how to work together to accomplish a goal. They analyze game performance and develop strategy to help the team be more successful.
But the best coaches understand their most important job is to build character in their athletes: collaboration, determination, perseverance, a strong work ethic, integrity, and RESPECT.
Respect has many synonyms: admiration, honor, thoughtfulness, civility, esteem. In the Central Maryland Conference, we ask our athletes to respect each other, the fans, and the game. The CMC values sportsmanship as much as winning. We expect our athletes to show respect before, during, and after the game. We expect that of our fans, as well.
It will be my pleasure to celebrate the successes of our CMC teams this year. But the celebration that touches my heart the most is when we present the sportsmanship award to one school at the end of the year. Tuscarora HS is the defending champion of sportsmanship. Who will it be for 2019-2020?