Riversprings Middle School Earns Sportsmanship Award for Second Consecutive Year from Florida High School Athletic Association
June 18, 2015
Riversprings Middle School recently was awarded the Fred Rozelle Sportsmanship Award from the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) for the second consecutive year.
RMS stood out from all the middle schools in its classification, and on top of that was the overall winner for all middle schools in Florida participating in the FHSAA for the 2014-2015 school year. This was the same overall award they earned in 2013-2014.
The Fred Rozelle Sportsmanship Award is an honor that goes to a school that went all year with no ejections and has a school-wide program exhibiting a high degree of sportsmanship.
States RMS Principal Michele Yeomans, “Our coaches try to instill good sportsmanship in our students at every opportunity and it is very rewarding to be recognized for that.”
The award is named after Fred Rozelle, a native of Lake City, Florida. He served as a teacher and coach before being appointed Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletics for Pinellas County. He was later named Area II Superintendent of Pinellas County Schools.
He was elected to the FHSAA Board of Directors in 1974 and appointed to the Executive Committee in 1977. In 1978, he was elected vice president and in 1979 elected president of the FHSAA.
The sportsmanship award was named in Rozelle’s honor because he is known as an outstanding educator who is fair and impartial.
“What an honor to be recognized for good sportsmanship. It is so important that our coaches are positive role models for our students whether they win or lose,” notes Superintendent Bobby Pearce.