Sportsmanship Spotlight: "We Rise By Lifting Others!"

Good sportsmanship is the most important aspect of the game. Sometimes games will get intense, heated and personal; therefore, sportsmanship must be learned in order to be practiced in sticky situations. If athletes weren’t reprimanded for unfit behavior, there would be no guidelines for others to follow. Of course there’s talent and hard work, which are both very important parts of sports, but without sportsmanship and self-discipline, there would likely be chaos throughout various levels of play.

When athletes go “Beyond the Game,” they look outside of what it takes to win, but decide to be a good teammate, a good opponent and a good person. Everyone may have a tad bit different definition of good sportsmanship, but first-class sportsmanship leads to the same goal of high-level of competition with the outcome of creating champions who excel both on and off the playing fields.

The ability to be a good sport and display good sportsmanship is dependent on whether we possess the human values of self-discipline, responsibility, integrity, respect and courage.

Good sportsmanship begins and ends with you!


2018-19 "#DoRight4LA" Sportsperson of the Month

2019 Dudley Debosier #DoRight4LA Sportsperson of The Year

The 2019 Dudley Debosier #DoRight4LA Sportsperson of The Year, is an annual award honoring the achievements of one individual from the world of Louisiana high school athletics. The first award of its kind, was given this past May 23, 2019, and was presented during the 2nd Annual LHSAA/LHSCA Night of Scholars Banquet. The inaugural winner of the award is Hahnville High School’s, cross country athlete, Alexandra Aucoin. Aucoin was captured, through images, sacrificing her own championship race, to assist a fellow competitor in her greatest time of need. The runners, while enduring harsh winds, bitter cold and drenching rains, both managed to finish the three mile course. Aucoin, however, was unaware that her actions of good sportsmanship, not only changed the outcome for one racer, but also impacted the spirits of her school community, local residents and the entire state of Louisiana. At this year’s banquet, a live vote was tallied and by a landslide victory, Aucoin was named the 2019 Dudley Debosier #DoRight4LA Sportsperson of The Year. The ability to be a good sport and display good sportsmanship is dependent on whether we possess the human values of self-discipline, responsibility, integrity, respect and courage. For her efforts and commitment to going beyond the game, Dudley-Debosier, the LHSAA, WVLA and Gold Star Trophies would like to congratulate Ms. Alexandra Aucoin for embodying, embracing, and emulating sportsmanship.

Do you know someone that exudes sportsmanship on and/or off the field?  Do you know someone who goes Beyond the Game to empower others through sportsmanship or community service?  If you answered yes to either one of those questions, then it sounds like you know someone who is eligible for the LHSAA Sportsmanship Spotlight!

Congratulations to our 2018-19 Sportsman of the Month Winners:

Click here to watch Zach' Story

Click here to watch Houstons' Story

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Click here to watch Denham Springs' Story 

Click here to watch Alexandras' Story

Click here to watch Jacobs' Story

Click here to watch Brynnes' Story

2019 Essay Contest

Each year, the LHSAA Beyond the Game Program sponsors a sportsmanship essay contest. This is an opportunity for students at all of our member schools to get creative and tell us what it means to go "Beyond the Game” in sportsmanship. The guidelines are simple and your entries must be received by May 1, 2019 to be eligible to win. First place will be awarded a prize of ($500.00) and will be recognized on the and various LHSAA media outlets.

The theme of the essay contest should be based on the following: Competitive sports play a large role in many high schools.  “How Has Participation In Competitive Play Contributed To Your Commitment To Sportsmanship As A High School Athlete?” The application can be found here.

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