The MIAA is committed to encouraging and promoting the high ideals of sportsmanship, integrity and ethics, as well as developing a positive environment for athletic events at all levels of interscholastic competition. The goal of interscholastic athletics is to give young people the opportunity to expand their educational horizons by experiencing fair and friendly competition with their peers. Ingrained in this competition is respect for rules, regulations, opponents and officials.

Sportsmanship permeates virtually every aspect of our culture as ethics and fair play apply in all facets of life. It is a measure of each school and individual’s understanding of their commitment to the educational nature of interscholastic athletics. Good sportsmanship is conduct which imposes self-control involving honest rivalry, courteous relations and graceful acceptance of results. It should be evident in all school functions and demonstrated by the ability to accept defeat without complaint, victory without bragging and the treatment of opponents with fairness and courtesy.

Sportsmanship needs to play a primary role of interscholastic athletics in an educational perspective. Athletic competition is an extension of the classroom and an educational activity which provides lessons difficult to teach in another environment. The need for improvement to sportsmanship in society is evident and will require a maximum effort by everyone involved in athletics. A major part of the role of education through sports is to teach student-athletes to exude sportsmanship and respect for teammates, coaches, officials, opponents and the game itself.


The following awards are presented to member schools, districts, teams and student-athletes:


The MIAA offers programs to help develop sportsmanship skills among student-athletes, coaches, and administrators.

For schools who have registered:


  • Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM
  • The event program begins promptly at 8:30 AM
  • The program will conclude with a buffet lunch at 12:30 PM
  • Schools are asked to plan accordingly by arriving early for registration and staying for the duration of the program
  • Parking 2022 Sportsmanship Summit – map

The map list where buses and vans should park versus automobiles.

Emails will be going out to registered schools on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 with further details.

A game plan for Life

This contest is held annually to promote various themes of sportsmanship. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to share their ideas in an essay of 500 words or less or a multimedia presentation of 3 minutes or less. The authors of the top two entries present their work at the annual MIAA Sportsmanship Summit and are appropriately recognized for their achievements. Winning and honorable mention entries are published in an anthology entitled “Sportsmanship: A Game Plan for Life” and distributed at various MIAA functions.

2021-22 Sportsmanship Multimedia Contest Winners

1st place winners

Akrif Semakula, Alex Derobert, and Nathaniel Mauroy ~ Maynard High School

2nd place winners

Issac Barbagallo, Ryan Sherman and Angel Rodriguez ~ Maynard High School ~ Maynard High School

Committee and Important Information

Committee Members

Liaison – Rob Pearl, MIAA, Assistant Director


District 1
Jesse Carpenter, Principal, Mount Everett Regional High School
Wesley Jackson, Athletic Director, Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School


District 2
Derek Atherton, Principal, Hopedale Jr./Sr. High School
Kevin May, Athletic Director, Oxford High School


District 3
Matt Biggs, Assistant Principal, Nashoba Regional High School
Steve Kendall, Athletic Director, Ayer-Shirley Regional High School


District 4
Meghan Patrissi, Assistant Principal, Woburn Memorial High School
Naomi Martin, Athletic Director, Lexington High School


District 5

Daniel Thorton, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director, Pentucket Reg. HS
Dave Johnson, Athletic Director, North Reading


District 6

Peter Shaughnessy, President/Principal, Bishop Stang
Kristen Kelly, Athletic Director, Notre Dame Academy (Hingham)


District 7

Kelley St. Coeur, Principal, Ashland High School
Joseph Cusack, Athletic Director, Foxborough High School


District 8

Kathryn Rezendes, Assistant Principal, New Bedford High School
John Moran, Athletic Director, Seekonk High School


District 9

Jeff Sylvia, Principal, East Bridgewater High School
Peter Serino, Athletic Director, Abington High School




William Haggerty


Patricia Gonzalez, Athletic Director, Newton South High School

Ryan Conway, Athletic Director, Boston English High School


Jared Scarpaci, Coaches Rep
Michelle Hopkinson, Coaches Rep

Ric Beaudoin, Official Rep
Rachel Hutchinson, Official Rep

Meeting Dates
  • September 14, 2021 – 12:00 pm
  • October 26, 2021 – Sub committee – Essay Contest
  • March 15, 2022 – Virtual Meeting
  • March 25, 2022 – Sportsmanship Summit at Gillette Stadium
  • June 14, 2022 – Committee Meeting