Sportsmanship Focus of Summit

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Sportsmanship Focus of Summit

Love, Michael, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

More than 600 student-athletes from Western Pennsylvania gathered last week to discuss their roles in establishing a stronger leadership environment through sportsmanship on and off the field.

The annual WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship in the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District allowed the students to share experiences and discuss ways to keep leadership and sportsmanship flowing in sports and in life.

"Anytime we can promote sportsmanship, we should do it," Norwin athletic director Randy Rovesti said. "You can never talk about sportsmanship and respect enough -- respect for the game, respect for your peers and respect for your coaches."

Swin Cash, a McKeesport native and basketball champion, told attendees that sportsmanship and respect for family, teachers, coaches and teammates, as well as hard work on the court and in the classroom, opened doors for her and helped her win two NCAA championships at the University of Connecticut, two Olympic gold medals and three WNBA championships.

"Use (sports) as a platform. Don't let it use you. With visibility comes responsibility," Cash said.

Students reflected on "Five Good Deeds on Game Day" that can make an impact on others, including thanking people for making an athletic event special, helping up a teammate or opponent who has fallen, and complimenting someone after a hard-fought competition, said Dan Cardone, athletic director at North Hills and one of the chief coordinators for the annual Summit on Sportsmanship.

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