Sportsmanship Award Presented to Avonworth School District
On Thursday November 9th at the Heinz History center the PIAA recognized The Avonworth School District for exemplifying the high ideals of good sportsmanship, conducting itself in an ethical manner, and setting an example for others to follow.
The School received a certificate along with a banner to be hung in the gymnasium from the PIAA Board of Directors at the 10th annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit held at the Heinz History Center. Avonworth was one of only 3 schools in the Western PA to have met all the criteria to receive the award this year. The presenter Barry Balaski, Moon High School Principal, likened this award to winning a state championship for the School’s Athletic Department.
The Award was presented to Athletic Director Tim Giel and the Avonworth contingent of: Hunter Robinson, Emily Tyler, Abby Wert, Jacob Harper Mike Sefick and Emily Ferketic.
During the Summit the student/athletes along with student/athletes from over 150 WPIAL schools heard presentations from State Senator Jay Costa, who spoke about Representing the WPIAL wherever you go. Former Pittsburgh Steeler Will Allen, who’s talk was centered on the title “If It Is To Be, It’s Up To Me.” He spoke about taking Personal responsibility for the decision you make. Larry Scirotto, a Pittsburgh Native and Big 10 basketball official. Spoke mainly about Respecting the Game and the Officials of the game.
And finally, they heard from Heather Lyke, Director of Athletics at the University of Pittsburgh, who spoke on Always giving your best no matter the situation.
After the Summit, the Avonworth crew went to lunch with other student/athletes from Burrell, Northgate, North Hills, Fox Chapel, Shaler Area, Pine Richland, Mars, Seneca Valley, Springdale, North Allegheny and other Student/Athletes from the Northern Area Athletic Directors Association.