By Frank Rizzo
GLEN SPEY November 17, 2000 Sportsmanship, like every other virtue, has to be cultivated and encouraged.
That is why even though the Western Sullivan League is no longer, schools from the former league got together last month at Young Lifes-Lake Champion Camp in Glen Spey for a day full of talk, discussion, and outdoor activities to make it a primary force in its athletes lives.
Sullivan West/Delaware Valley athletic director Debbie Owen had been the point person for the defunct leagues sportsmanship efforts since 1994 and said that there has been interest expressed by the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) to which all county schools now belong in extending the idea of a Sportsmanship Day to its other schools.
In the past, the OCIAA has sent observers to the WSLs annual event, as has the states Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA).
In fact, Owen and Eldred AD Al Wojtaszek were asked to give a talk at a NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Conference last year.
Theres been a lot of interest. A lot of people though they could adapt our approach to their own area, Owen observed.