IHSAA Sportsmanship Award for 2006-07 was awarded to Bethany. IHSAA assistant commissioner Sandy Searcy presented the school with a banner prior to the January 12 home girls basketball game. In a letter announcing the award the state athletic association congratulated Bethany staff, fans, and student athletes for meeting or exceeding the criteria for this award. A special thanks to all who represent Bethany in a positive manner.
The following email from an opposing girls basketball coach gives testimony to this award: "Coach, when your girls ran off the court this afternoon your fans clapped as they left the gym, but then as our team exited the gym your fans applauded for my team as well. Your fans have a lot of class, and I think that was the first time anyone's fans ever applauded my girls. Please let your parents know that their support was greatly appreciated." Earlier this year the girls soccer team was similarly complimented for their act of cheering for the opposing team. See Girls Soccer Shines at Cross Country.
The sportsmanship award grew out of state principals' concerns that sportsmanship was a major challenge. To address the issue, the IHSAA developed a sportsmanship program unlike any other in the country. An important part of this program is the IHSAA Sportsmanship Awards. This year about 25% of schools met criteria for the award.