Date: September 22, 2015
The Woodburn School District is the proud recipient of the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) Sportsmanship Award in recognition of the athletes at Woodburn High School whose pride in community and generosity are seen as a “guiding light” for other schools.
Shane Hedrick, head football coach and athletic director at Central High School in Independence, Ore., nominated Woodburn because he was impressed with how his players were treated when the two teams met during the 2014-2015 season. He wrote that his players were included in Woodburn’s senior-player recognition night and each received a gift from a Woodburn player.
“In 27 years of coaching and the past 10 years as athletic director, I have never witnessed a school reach out to another with such genuine hospitality and openness. The student athletes representing Woodburn are beyond courageous when they arrive to compete in all sports. They give their best effort and demonstrate a high degree of sportsmanship. We often use them as a guiding light to how we want to be viewed before, during and after competition,” Hedrick wrote.
A $1,000 award check was presented by OSAA’s Cindy Simmons during the Bulldogs Homecoming pep assembly last week. This is the third annual Sportsmanship award in the 5A category. The award recognizes exemplary behavior by students, coaches, administrators, fans, parents and the community at OSAA events over the course of a school year.
“This award is a perfect reflection of what is happening at Woodburn and we will continue to strive to meet these high standards around sportsmanship and character,” Woodburn School District Athletic Director Chad Waples said.
The award will be used to support the Woodburn School District’s athletic program.