Austin, Davis, North Forest, Sterling, and Yates high schools were all named finalists for the Touchdown Club Houston’s annual Sportsmanship Awards.
Nominees are determined based on referees’ scores after every game in the areas of:
- actions of coaches
- actions of players
- actions of supports groups (such as parents and bands)
- respect for the American flag.
Personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties also are taken into consideration.
“It was great to see the number of HISD teams who were finalists,” said HISD Director of Athletics Marmion Dambrino. “No other district had this many schools. I believe this success is due not only to working with the Positive Coaches Alliance, but also the extensive work our coaches do with our kids.”
The schools were formally recognized during the Touchdown Club’s 10th annual luncheon held on Jan. 28. There were 15 finalists in the 5A division this year, and 10 finalists in the Class 4A/Private School division. Austin, Davis, North Forest, and Yates are Class 5A schools, and Sterling is a Class 4A school.