CHESHIRE, Conn.– Seventeen 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 2012-13 academic year.
Bloomfield, Brookfield, Bunnell, Cheshire, Daniel Hand, East Catholic, East Hampton, Fairfield Ludlowe, Gilbert, Haddam-Killingworth, Ledyard, Lyman Memorial, Northwestern, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Sacred Heart, Shepaug Valley, and Weston were the programs that received recognition as exemplary programs.
The 17 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.
“CAS-CIAC is thrilled to recognize the efforts of these 17 schools in providing an outstanding education-based athletics program with selection as Michael’s Achievement Cup exemplary programs,” said CAS-CIAC Executive Director Karissa Niehoff. “These schools have demonstrated consistent dedication to offering a well-rounded athletics program consistent with the mission of the CIAC and they should be lauded for their exhaustive efforts and dedication to bringing a positive athletics experience to their students and communities.”
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 merits of each potential award recipient 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 has been asked to submit additional information which the committee will consider to select the overall Michael’s Achievement Cup recipient, which will be announced November 21.
The 17 schools will be honored at the CIAC Sportsmanship Conference at the AquaTurf in Southington on November 21, 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 2012-13 Michael’s Achievement Cup Exemplary Programs By Class:
LL: Cheshire, Fairfield Ludlowe
L: Bunnell, Daniel Hand
MM: Brookfield, Ledyard
M: East Catholic, Haddam-Killingworth, Northwestern, Weston
SS: Bloomfield, East Hampton, Lyman Memorial, Sacred Heart
S: Gilbert, Notre Dame-Fairfield, Shepaug Valley