Pac-10 Member Institutions to Celebrate National Sportsmanship Day

March 3, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- The Institute for International Sport will celebrate the 19th-annual National Sportsmanship Day on March 3, 2009, with all 10 Pac-10 member institutions celebrating the day throughout the upcoming year.  Founded in 1990, the program is considered the largest sportsmanship initiative in the world.  

In recognition of National Sportsmanship Day, the Institute for International Sport and USA Today, promoted an essay contest for all age levels, elementary school-college.  Essay winners will be published in the Tuesday, March 3 issue of USA Today.  Some topics addressed include elaborating on a quote about sportsmanship by legendary UCLA men’s basketball head coach John Wooden.

Additionally, the Institute for International Sport sponsors an annual “All-American Sportsmanship School Award,” which is presented to a person who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship.  The honoree will have demonstrated high integrity, followed codes of conduct for participation in sporting events, promoted strategies of sportsmanship, and handled conflicts in conjunction with good sportsmanship.

In 2008, more than 14,000 schools, in all 50 states and worldwide took part in National Sportsmanship Day efforts.

The Institute for International Sport was established to promote and improve relations globally through the commonality of sports.  Founded in 1986 by former Trinity College men’s basketball coach Dan Doyle, the organization hosts numerous events for the promotion of global unity, most notably the group’s hallmark event, the World Scholar-Athlete Games.

For more information on National Sportsmanship Day, visit the official website at  Also, each Pac-10 member school will provide a link to the Institute for International Sport on its website. 


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