Central and North Honored for Sportsmanship in Athletics

For the first time, two schools in the Valley Stream Central High School District have been acknowledged by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as Schools of Excellence for their exemplary display of ethics, sportsmanship and integrity. Central High School and North High School were honored based on information about their athletic programs that was obtained through a survey.

As part of its ongoing effort to promote sportsmanship in interscholastic athletics, NYSPHSAA polled athletic directors. They were asked to reflect on their programs and identify strengths and areas that need to be improved on. Joanna Katz of Central and Michael Frazer of North provided details that demonstrated their emphasis on sportsmanship and positive initiatives within their respective athletic departments.

The two directors gave their buildings’ athletic coaches credit for the Schools of Excellence achievement. “A lot of this is because of the coaches – the standards they hold for athletes, both while practicing and playing in games,” Ms. Katz said. They also noted the value of the Stay in the Game Program. “It stresses the importance of everyone having a role to play,” Mr. Frazer said.  

The district’s Coordinator of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Scott Steuber, acknowledged the directors for dedication that is far-reaching. “They do a great job promoting sportsmanship and communicating with coaches, parents and students,” he said. “They really support the values we want to instill in our athletes.”