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Students running in the Teal Ribbon Run to benefit ovarian cancer research.

For the fifth year in a row, Columbia High School has won the state sportsmanship award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).

Out of 785 member high schools across the state, Columbia is one of two to receive the award this year, along with West Genesee High School from Section 3. Recipients are selected based on extra programs and activities that schools have implemented to promote positive sportsmanship.

Some of Columbia’s activities this year included:

  • Donating $5,300 for ovarian cancer research from the 15th annual Teal Ribbon Run
  • Boys’ Basketball program donating nearly $3,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer
  • Athletic Department giving gifts to 10 senior citizens and 11 families including 39 children during the holidays
  • Cheer Team bringing gifts to children at St. Anne Institute in Albany and visiting with them during the holidays
  • Student athletes volunteering at Columbia’s Rainbow Games, a field day for special needs students
  • Athletic Department promoting sportsmanship in several publications and events including the Athletic Code of Conduct and the pre-season coaches meeting

“Receiving this award speaks volumes about the great coaches, students, parents and community that we have here in East Greenbush,” said Columbia Athletic Director Michael Leonard. “It’s very exciting to be honored five years in a row. I believe sportsmanship projects and activities are a major key in developing a positive culture in our athletic program, school and community. It also teaches many valuable lessons to all of our student athletes.”

Athletic Director Michael Leonard speaks to student athletes and their families at Meet the Coaches Night.

Athletic Director Michael Leonard speaks to student athletes and their families about sportsmanship at Meet the Coaches Night.

Mr. Leonard will accept the Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award at a recognition luncheon in July.

“On behalf of the Association we congratulate our winning schools and applaud them for the efforts they have made to promote positive sportsmanship,” said Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “We are proud to have schools like Columbia and West Genesee set an example and standard for how sportsmanship should be emphasized in communities. We thank them for their efforts, proactive approach and successful implementation of sportsmanship programs in their schools and communities.”

Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award Winners

2017
Columbia High School (Section 2)
West Genesee (Section 3)

2016
Byram Hills High School (Section 1)
Columbia High School (Section 2)
Cooperstown High School (Section 3)

2015
Columbia High School (Section 2)

2014
Carthage High School (Section 3)
Columbia High School (Section 2)

2013
Columbia High School (Section 2)