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KAN-WILL DISPLAYS CONFERENCE-WIDE SPORTSMANSHIP AND RECOGNIZES STUDENT-ATHLETES
November 8 , 2017 - Submitted by Herscher Limestone Principal Michelle Chavers

The principals in the Kan-Will Conference ordered sportsmanship banners for each of our respective schools. The banners are identical so that student-athletes, coaches and fans recognize the commonality as they travel from school to school throughout the year. The accent color on the banner is personalized for each school according to the school colors (i.e. Limestone’s is gold, Manteno’s is purple, etc.). At Limestone, we purchased two banners so one could be displayed permanently in our gym and the other could be "mobile" and hung on a fence at our outdoor events. Last weekend was the first conference tournament of the year and as the host school, we took advantage of the opportunity to have each coach select one student-athlete for 7th grade girls' basketball who demonstrated good sportsmanship and to get a picture of all together in uniform - one from each member school. I’m sure this is not an original idea to our conference, but I know positive sportsmanship is a challenge – we wanted you to see there are school leaders who, along with the IESA, are working at it (The schools represented in the Kan-Will conference and pictured to the right are Momence, St. Anne, Manteno, Beecher, Peotone, Grant Park, Bradley Central and Herscher Limestone.).

OTTAWA RUTLAND'S SPEECH TEAM GIVES BACK TO LOCAL COMMUNITY
November 7 , 2017 - Submitted by Speech Team Coach Brandy McQuen

Our speech team performed skits at a local independent living facility (Heritage Woods in Ottawa, IL) on two afternoons. The senior citizens there appreciate both the entertainment and the chance to visit briefly with our students following the performances. Our students gain the opportunity to perform for a live audience while demonstrating sensitivity and respect for the older generation. It is my hope that these lessons will continue for a lifetime!

BRIDGEPORT BASKETBALL COACH RECOGNIZED FOR SPORTSMANSHIP TO OPPONENT'S STUDENT-ATHLETE
November 2, 2017 - Submitted by Basketball Official Michael Woodard

With time winding down in the 4th quarter of the 7th grade game, Palestine had a sub waiting to enter. The coach from Bridgeport realized she wasn't likely to get into the game. He used his remaining time out for her to sub in. It was a nice change to see a coach truly be on the court for the kids.

BRAIDWOOD REED-CUSTER GIRLS' BASKETBALL COACH SHARES TEAM'S #MYREASONWHY
October 26, 2017 - Submitted by Braidwood Reed-Custer Coach Jenny Dinelli

Two years ago, I lost one of my kindergarten students to brain cancer. He was one of the most selfless individuals I have ever met and he constantly encouraged peers to "make good choices" and modeled those words through his positive attitude and giving nature. Following his death in August 2015, we not only dedicated our basketball season to his honor but also started a simple, yet profound, basketball homework program. Every weekend, my student-athletes are given the same homework… practice basketball and be a leader in the community by "paying it forward" or by doing something good for someone else. On Mondays, we take 5-10 minutes before practices or games to discuss their positive actions over the weekends. These choices could be simple or more involved such as, “I held the door for an elderly person at a restaurant” or “I helped run a charity fundraiser 5K for cancer" - both equally impactful. That is #myreasonwhy I choose to coach…promoting not only excellence within our basketball program but excellence off the court as well and my student/athletes would tell you by being such positive role models at school and within the community is their #myreasonwhy.

HARVEY BROOKS LENDS HAND TO ASSIST DIXMOOR ROSA PARKS CROSS COUNTRY
October 25, 2017 - Submitted by Dixmoor Rosa Parks Coach Robert Lininger

We had a meet with Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Harvey this year. We don't have a home course due to lack of space and we needed another meet, so Brooks' coaches put together a course for us last minute. Their students were exceptionally welcoming and their coach spent extra time with our team talking about scholarship opportunities for running and summer track and field programs that are available.

ROBBINS KELLAR CAUGHT DOING THE RIGHT THING
October 24, 2017 - Submitted by Robbins Kellar Athletic Director John Virosztko

My girls basketball team got rave reviews from the home team’s admin because once they entered the locker room at the opposing school, they found a cell phone and immediately turned it into our liaison from Harvey Brooks.

DOUBLE CROSS COUNTRY STATE FINALS TROPHIES BRING OUT THE BEST EMOTIONS FOR PALATINE ST. THOMAS
October 14, 2017 - Submitted by Palatine St. Thomas Coach Mike Murphy

I have been coaching [cross country] at St. Thomas for 7 years and this year I saw something that really surprised me in a positive way. We were fortunate enough to have a very good year - our girls team finished 4th in 1A and our boys finished 1st - first time in school history that St. Thomas won a state title. When we came down to the floor to take pictures, I noticed that two of our girls, 8th grader Melody Michna-Harlow and 7th grader Caroline Kawiecki were crying. My first thought was that something bad had happened, that maybe they were disappointed that they did not do better or that even worse, maybe they were hurt - turns out they were overcome with emotion watching the boys team from their same school win the state championship. Melody and Caroline are vets - this was each their third time going to state and in that time they have finished 10th, 2nd and now 4th. Remarkable in their own right, but this time they were so happy for their friends on the boys team. It was unlike anything I have ever seen. I have seen a lot of tears over the years, mostly kids during or right after a race, but this was different. To me, it truly represented sportsmanship in the truest sense, caring about others more than yourself. Even though we won the state championship, their reaction and caring became the highlight of the day. I am so very proud of these young ladies well beyond their accomplishments on the cross country field.

BOURBONNIAS ST. GEORGE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER STOPS MID-RACE TO ASSIST OTHER RUNNERS
October 14, 2017 - Submitted by Bourbonnias St. George Cross Country Coach Addison Goering

Brynn Dowding is a 5th grade student on the Bourbonnais St. George cross country team. She is a member of the girls’ team that qualified for the state finals 1A race. During the first half of the state finals race, Brynn was running with a closely-grouped pack of runners. Two of the runners in the pack fell and according to Brynn, appeared to need assistance. Brynn had the presence of mind to locate the nearest official, stop running and report the two runners had fallen and needed assistance. After reporting the incident, she continued, finished the race with a personal PR and placed 157th. This kind of character comes from a child who truly cares about others and has that core value instilled in her by her parents. Brynn put the needs of the other runners well ahead of her own. For this reason, I would like to recognize Brynn for her extraordinary sportsmanship and compassion for others.

CHICAGO HEIGHTS WASHINGTON COACH APPLUADED FOR ATTENTION GIVEN TO STUDENT-ATHLETE
October 12, 2017 - Submitted by Basketball Official Sean P. Lamb

I was one of the officials at the Memorial Jr High (Lansing)/Washington Jr. High (Chicago Heights) game on 10/11/2017. Ms. Fansher is the 7th grade girls' basketball coach at Washington Jr. High. During the 8th grade game, one of the players for Washington experienced a panic attack while on the court. The player was walked off the court and sat at the end of the bench. Ms. Fansher gave her 7th grade players instruction in the stands and then proceeded over to the bench to comfort the player experiencing the attack. Ms. Fansher held her hand and stroked her back comforting the player until the player finally calmed down 10-15 minutes later. It was great to see this young woman, Ms. Fansher, showing such compassion in comforting her player/student. It is with great pleasure and with much admiration for Ms. Fansher that I sign this letter.

MACKINAW DEE-MACK RECOGNIZED BY BASEBALL OFFICIAL
September 14, 2017 - Submitted by Baseball Official Llew Smith

Several times this season I have had the pleasure to umpire games for the Dee-Mack junior high baseball team. On a couple of these occasions the games were very lopsided in favor of Dee-Mack. A lot of times in these circumstances teams start to take advantage of the situation. That has never been the case with Dee-Mack. Both players and coaching staff are always respectful to their opponent and never try to "pile it on." I have seen the coaches deliberately instruct their players to not take advantage of a lower-skilled opponent. In the "win at all costs" mentality that sometimes happens in sprots, this is refreshing and I really appreciate the manner in which this team conducts themselves.

PERU PARKSIDE BASEBALL APPLAUDED BY WENONA FIELDCREST BASEBALL COACH
August 31, 2017 - Submitted by Wenona Fieldcrest Coach Mark Brown

I am a firm believer in pitch count and we chart them very carefully. We made a mistake in our dugout pitch count which I take full responsibility for. However, before we let our pitcher make too many pitches, [Peru] Parkside's assistant coach called a timeout to check on pitch count. He did not have to do this and had our pitcher thrown to another batter, we would have broken the rule. Many coaches would have allowed the error to occur and then tried to "catch us" breaking the rule. It was [an] honest mistake on our part, but his sportsmanship allowed us the chance to correct the mistake before it happened. I truly appreciate his act of sportsmanship in alerting us.

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