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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Dec. 16, 2002
Contact: John Johnson or Randy Allen
517.332.5046 or www.mhsaa.com
MHSAA & Detroit Pistons
Spread Good Word Of Sportsmanship
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Dec. 13 - Getting the word out about
the need for good sportsmanship at high school athletic events
is a daily task for the Michigan High School Athletic Association,
which has been joined by the Detroit Pistons and star guard Chauncy
Billups in producing a series of announcements for use by radio
stations as public service announcements and schools as public
Billups recently recorded four sportsmanship messages addressing
sports rage on the part of parents, the reasons why officials
hang up their whistles, how actions speak louder than words,
and how people's response to winning and losing shows how good
of a sport they are. The four messages range from 20 to 25 seconds
The Sportsmanship page MHSAA Web site www.mhsaa.com
will serve as the distribution vehicle for the announcements.
The four files will be available for download or playback on
the Sportsmanship page in MP3 and WAV formats.
You can never do enough to promote sportsmanship, and we're pleased
to have Chauncy Billups and the Detroit Pistons organization
join us in this endeavor," said John E. "Jack"
Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA. "We hope that
radio stations across the state will run these messages in their
regular programming and local broadcasts of high school sporting
events, and that schools will play these announcements on their
public address systems prior to the start of games to help set
a sportsmanlike tone for the event."
Billups, a 6-3 guard, is in his seventh year in the National
Basketball Association, his first year with the Pistons.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these
rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which
attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.
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