The award recognizes member schools that have established policies and procedures that make sportsmanship a priority and an expectation within the school and school community.
“I consider this to be the Virginia High School League’s most prestigious award,” said VHSL Deputy Director Tom Zimorski. “It’s the only award that the entire school is graded on.”
Selection based on whether the school meets the criteria that utilizes a self-assessment checklist of 50 points relating to administration, coaches, student-athletes, cheerleaders, performance groups, student support, parents and spectators. The total score is then adjusted by deducting points for student-athlete ejections, coach ejections and inappropriate behavior at state championship events. Using the adjusted score, a school must score 90 percent or better to qualify.
Fifty-two member schools submitted applications for 2012-13.
This was Patrick Henry's third time being recognized and Chilhowie's first.
The award was renamed in 2007 in honor of Claudia Dodson, a VHSL assistant director from 1971-2002, who died in 2007.
Follow this link for a PDF of the complete list of winners.