CHESHIRE, Conn. – Eighteen high school athletic programs have been selected as CIAC Michael’s Achievement Cup exemplary programs recognizing their outstanding achievement as overall athletics programs for the 2011-12 academic year.
Avon, Brookfield, Darien, East Hampton, Fairfield Ludlowe, Foran, Gilbert, Glastonbury, Haddam-Killingworth, Joel Barlow, Ledyard, Northwest Catholic, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Valley Regional, Wamogo, Weston, Westbrook, and Woodland, were the programs that received recognition as exemplary programs. The 18 schools represent all six classifications and are selected based on achievement in seven distinct areas which are sportsmanship, participation, athletic scholarship, athletic personnel, equity, chemical free initiatives and athletic achievement.
“Being recognized as Michael’s Achievement Cup exemplary programs is a testament to these 18 schools and their commitment to the student experience,” said CAS-CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff. “These schools have consistently demonstrated that they believe strongly in the value of a well-rounded, education-based athletics program and have applied the effort and execution necessary to insure that both students and the entire community share the benefit of the scholastic athletics experience.”
All CIAC member schools are asked to submit information via a survey for consideration for recognition, and a mathematical formula is used to analyze the data. The CIAC Michael’s Achievement Cup Committee reviews the statistical data and discusses the merit of each potential award recipients based on a comparison of its written criteria and CIAC compliance. All programs that surpass a specific statistical threshold are recognized as exemplary athletic programs within their CIAC class. The highest finisher for each class was then asked to submit additional information which the committee considers to select the overall Michael’s Achievement Cup recipient, which will be announced November 15.
The 18 schools will be honored at the CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the AquaTurf in Southington on November 15, and the overall Michael’s Achievement Cup recipient will be announced. The Michael’s Achievement Cup was created in the early 1980s as the brainchild of Roy Michaels, the owner of Michaels Jewelry, in an effort to recognize outstanding athletic programs. The program recognized yearly winners since that time, and then in 2008 transitioned directly to CIAC oversight of the program.
The 2011-12 Michael’s Achievement Cup Exemplary Programs By Class
LL: Fairfield Ludlow, Glastonbury
L: Avon, Darien
MM: Brookfield, Foran, Joel Barlow, Ledyard
M: Haddam-Killingworth, Weston, Woodland
SS: East Hampton, Northwest Catholic, Valley Regional
S: Gilbert, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Wamogo, Westbrook