STEVENS POINT – The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced Wednesday that 33 schools were named recipients of the Award of Excellence for 2020-21 school year.
The award promotes and recognizes the efforts and achievements of schools in the areas of sportsmanship, ethics, integrity, leadership and character. For the second straight year, schools and athletics administrators experienced additional challenges in 2020-21 with the COVID-19 pandemic to account for guidelines, accommodations and schedule changes.
Locally, Marshfield, Stratford and Wausau West were among the honorees.
Recipients will be presented the Award of Excellence at the fall area meetings, and will be recognized on the WIAA website (wiaa.org) and at the 2022 annual meeting.
The criteria applied toward the Award of Excellence include:
*Athletic Director maintains and updates all information in the WIAA School Directory annually.
*Athletic Director does due diligence in striving to achieve staff compliance with all WIAA coaching requirements (i.e. rules video, exam, officials' rankings).
*Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with a Captain's Club/Team Leadership Council/Etc. – sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is on the agenda and is discussed.
*Athletic director conducted regular occurring meetings with coaches - sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed.
*Athletic director conducted at least one informational meeting with student-athletes and their parents - sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed.
*Athletic director attended conference meetings – sportsmanship, ethics and/or integrity is a topic that is on the agenda and is discussed.
*Coaches and student-athletes attended a sportsmanship summit/leadership conference/etc.
*There was school representation at one of the seven WIAA Fall Area Meetings.
*There was school representation at WIAA Annual Meeting in April.
*Athletic Director made the student body aware of sportsmanship initiatives through school assemblies, announcements, posters, etc.
*Three or more athletic teams gave back to their school or community through volunteerism.
*Athletic director has taken the Free NFHS Sportsmanship course.
*Three or more head coaches have taken the Free NFHS Sportsmanship course.
*Athletic program had no coach ejections at any level.
*Athletic program had no coach or player assault of an official at any level.
*Athletic director nominated/submitted a boy and/or a girl for WIAA Scholar Athlete recognition (either for local or state level recognition).
The athletic director at Marshfield High School is Nathan DeLany, at Wausau West is Brian Miller and at Stratford is Travis Grubbs.
Other schools to earn the award are: Baraboo, Beaver Dam, Brookwood, Crivitz, Divine Savior Holy Angels (Milwaukee), Elkhorn, Fort Atkinson, Germanton, Hilbert, Hortonville, Janesville Craig, Kenosha Christian Life, Kimberly, Lake Holcombe, Lake Mills, Madison East, Madison La Follette, Madison Memorial, Madison West, Mayville, Muskego, Onalaska, Oregon, Stoughton, The Prairie School (Racine), Watertown, West Bend West, Winnebago Lutheran (Fond du Lac), Winter and Wisconsin Dells.