These pledges can be used during your preseason team meeting(s). A student-athlete and parent have to sign only one pledge per school year, but you can have your coaches sign as many as you believe necessary. Please remember that these are only samples and you should feel free to write your own.
Homer Thompson Memorial "Eight Who Make A Difference" Award
This award recognizes eight coaches who exemplify good sportsmanship and are positive role models for student-athletes. A coach’s colleagues may submit nominations. A recipient is then selected, one from each of the state’s eight regions, and will be recognized at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting in May with a plaque. This program is funded by North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company.
Deadline April 1, 2018
Heart of a Champion
Heart of a Champion recognizes student-athletes who have participated in at least one varsity sport and remained ejection-free during the school year. These students also exemplify outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship. The recognition ceremony is a luncheon that takes place in April, sponsored by the NCHSAA Student Services Division and North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company.
Deadline Extended: March 1, 2018
Team Recognition Program
Recognizes student athletes who participated on an ejection-free team throughout the season. Each member of the ejection-free team will receive a certificate, upon request by the coach. The coach also has the option of submitting three names of student-athletes who went the "extra mile" to be good citizens and role models. In addition to a certificate, these students will also receive a sportsmanship t-shirt. This program is funded by North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company.
Spirit of Sport Award
Sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations, this award was established to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represents the core mission of education-based athletics. It is given in recognition of a specific act or an activity of longer duration. Nominees can be a coach, athletic administrator, official, trainer, student-athlete or any others associated with the school’s athletic program.
The goal of the NCHSAA is to solicit nominations from the membership and select a state winner. The recipient will be recognized at the Annual Meeting in May, and his or her application will be submitted to the NFHS for the national award. All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition.
Deadline January 4, 2018