NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The New Rochelle school district’s baseball program has earned a prestigious award for its work both on and off the diamond.
The district’s baseball program has earned the Westchester Baseball Umpires Association’s inaugural Robert Clemens Sportsmanship Award, named for a former umpire that dedicated five decades to the sport in Westchester.
The honor was determined by nominations from more than 150 local umpires. The award recognizes a baseball program - from modified through the varsity ranks - in Westchester and Putnam that best exemplifies the qualities of good sportsmanship on the field.
According to the Westchester Baseball Umpires Association, these qualities include: playing with positive energy and enthusiasm; showing pride in their effort individually and as a team; winning with class; losing gracefully; respecting the game and everyone's contributions; and competing skillfully, guided by the letter and spirit of the rules.
The high school Athletic Director Steve Young and the program’s coaches will be recognized for the district’s honor at the Section One basketball championship on Saturday at Renegade Stadium in Fishkill.
"Your program has proven that while wins and losses are important, what's more important is how the game is played," Dave Greiner, Chairman of the Robert A. Clemens Sportsmanship Award Committee stated when announcing the award. “Your kids have stood out this season as fine examples of great sportsmanship, and we are proud to recognize it.”