Warhorses recognized for sportsmanship, ethics and integrity in athletic programs

  • Barnwell High Principal Franklin McCormack (left) and Athletic Director Dave Anastasia accepted the Award of Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity during a March 14 awards event.

Barnwell High School’s athletic program was recently recognized for the sportsmanship, ethics and integrity displayed by its athletes and coaches.

The school was one of only 15 of the S.C. High School League’s 214 member schools to receive the Award of Excellence for Exemplary Display of Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity for the 2016-2017 school year. The SCHSL gave the award in conjunction with the National Federation of State High Schools Association.

“This is one of the highest honors the S.C. High School League can bestow upon an athletic program,” said Dave Anastasia, who also was named the S.C. Athletic Administrators Association’s Region 5-AA Athletic Director of the Year.

“This award shows the coaches are doing a great job showing our student athletes what kind of character they want them to display through their own example,” said Anastasia. “They are winning with class and losing with class.”

Anastasia said the Award of Excellence is the result of teamwork from all stakeholders, including the coaches, athletes, volunteers and parents. The parental support and volunteers is “what really makes our athletic program click and work,” he said.

BHS Principal Franklin McCormack said parental support and involvement makes a big difference. “They are raising their kids right. It sets the bar high,” said McCormack, who was named Principal of the Year by the SCHSL for their region.

While McCormack is grateful for the Principal of the Year award, he’s even more thrilled for Anastasia’s recognition as well as the school receiving the Award of Excellence.

“That’s pretty special,” he said, because “ultimately it shows our coaches and players do not get ejected from games” which speaks to their character.

“Sports don’t build character, they reveal it,” said Anastasia of one of his favorite quotes.

McCormack also cited one of his favorite quotes: “Character is made by what you stand for. Reputation is made by what you fall for.”

Anastasia and McCormack accepted the awards on March 14 during the SCAAA’s conference in Charleston.