In 2008, the National Federation of State High School Associations, of which the CIAC is a proud member, began its “National High School Spirit of Sport Award” program.
This prestigious award seeks to recognize individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. The award may be given in recognition of a specific act or for an activity of longer duration.
It could be awarded to an individual (or group) that:
- has demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and/or citizenship in playing the game as it should be played;
- has exceeded normal expectations in assisting others within the school or community; or
- has overcome adversity or a challenging circumstance.
Each year, the honor is conferred to eight section winners as well as one national winner. The recipient must be an individual or team from a high school that is a member of an NFHS-member athletic or activity association. The recipient could be a coach, athletic administrator, administrator, trainer, contest official, student-athlete or any others associated with the school or the school’s athletic program, or an individual(s) associated with the school’s performing arts program.
In 2010 the CIAC established its own Spirit of Sport award named in honor of former executive director Mike Savage to honor deserving individuals within the state of Connecticut. In 2012, CIAC recipient James Burgoyne of Darien went on to be honored as one of eight sectional recipients of the NFHS Spirit of Sport award.
Please read the stories of these outstanding recipients who embody all that the CIAC and NFHS are working to promote. And the CIAC encourages parents, fans, coaches, administrators and athletes to contact the CIAC with nominees for these tremendous honors as nominations for the award are generated through the CIAC in consultation with its member institutions.