GAINESVILLE, Fla. (6/4/20) – The Florida High School Athletic Association is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award. Recognizing member schools that promote sportsmanship both on and off the field, the award is given to schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2019-2020 regular season as well as FHSAA State Series competition. This year, 14 high schools and two middle schools received the prestigious award.
“Our Association strives to promote and reward the outstanding sportsmanship that our member schools show on and off the field or court,” FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said. “The teamwork and citizenship that our student-athletes exemplify is a tribute to their maturity and will benefit them as they move on to their professional careers and service to their respective communities. We are thrilled to recognize these schools not only for their tremendous sportsmanship, but for their contribution to the next generation of Floridians.”
The award, presented annually since 1991, is named in honor of FHSAA Commissioner Emeritus Fred E. Rozelle.
The overall classification recipient is presented to one school in each classification whose total sports program best exemplifies the qualities of sportsmanship as demonstrated by its coaches, players and spectators. Awards are also given to a runner up within each classification. Criteria for selection of the winners includes programs and activities implemented within the school and community to promote sportsmanship; the number and type of exceptional sportsmanship reports; and the source of the nomination.
Classification runner-ups receive $500 and a commemorative plaque, with the classification winner taking home $2,500 and a plaque.
The schools receiving the FHSAA/Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for outstanding sportsmanship for the 2019-2020 school year are:
Trinity Christian (Deltona)
St. Stephen’s (Bradenton)
Somerset Academy Charter (South Homestead)
Cypress Creek (Wesley Chapel)
Lake Region (Eagle Lake)
Arnold (Panama City Beach)
Crystal River Middle