March was a month of intense effort for our basketball teams. We had teams playing at the 1A, 3A, and 4A levels. The performances of our student athletes were incredible. We would like to offer sincere congratulations to all our teams in every sport.
Congratulations to the student athletes. Winning graciously and losing with poise are learned skills. Being able to celebrate excellent performances on your team is easy, being able to equally celebrate excellent performances from your opponent is a difficult task, but is the essence of sportsmanship.
Congratulations to our volunteer coaches. Graciously donating your time to school sports teams is an incredible investment in your community, in your students, and in your love of the sport. None of our coaches are professional sports coaches. More than half our coaches are not teachers at the school, and only 20% of our teachers are involved in coaching. But 100% of our coaches are interested and dedicated community members and parents. We thank all our volunteer coaches for your donated time and for your example of positive community involvement.
Congratulations to our parents and fans. Attending the games, cheering for both teams, and finding clever ways to celebrate excellent performances is a difficult task, but one which many of you have done admirably. It was inspiring to see some displays of sportsmanship and camaraderie in the stands between fans of different teams playing on the court. We know there were some egregious examples of unsportsmanlike conduct from our parents and fans. We hope that we can all learn that those outbursts are harmful to all of us, while examples of sportsmanship build us all up.
We will still get to see excellent performances from student athletes in cheerleading, badminton, track and field, and rugby in this school year. We extend to you our best wishes, and preemptive congratulations.