EMC Presentation



(Vienna, October 11, 2021) — When engaged in athletic competition, high school students have one goal in mind: victory. But beyond wins and losses, one of the greatest lessons learned from competing in high school athletics is the ability to compete with class and sportsmanship. And when it comes to winning and losing with grace and setting a great example for the community, Georgia high schools continue to set the tone and be a benchmark for others to model.

Helping to shape future citizens of the community is something close to the heart of each electric cooperative throughout the state. That is why Georgia’s EMCs, including Middle Georgia EMC, are proud to announce the winners of the 2020-2021 Georgia High School Association Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards.

“High school athletes have a lot on their plate,” says Randy Crenshaw, President and CEO of Middle Georgia EMC. “But one of the most important things that these young people are responsible for is how they carry themselves. Creating the habits of exemplary sportsmanship now will go with them long after the whistle blows and the scoreboard clock shows time has expired on the game. It is one of life’s greatest lessons, one that will mold them into healthy and productive adults. We’re proud to be a part of such a wonderful award that honors outstanding high school athletes across the state of Georgia.”

Middle Georgia EMC, along with other EMCs in Georgia, have presented the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award each year since 2006 to emphasize, encourage and reward positive behavior in athletics.

To be considered for recognition, students, athletes, coaches, spectators and anyone else associated with high school activities programs must display respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility before, during and after competition.

“Congratulations to all of the region winners of the GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award for 2020-2021,” says Dr. Robin Hines, GHSA Executive Director. “It is an honor for these member schools to be selected by their regions for this award. The characteristics of good sportsmanship are critical to the development of our young people as they transition into productive adults. The GHSA applauds our schools on this accomplishment and appreciates Georgia’s EMCs for their support of this outstanding recognition program.”

The schools honored with this award, such as Dooly County High School, saw their representatives demonstrate a high-level of honorable behavior across all sports throughout the school year and among many different groups, ranging from students, coaches, parents, spectators and officials. With the award serving as a compliment to anyone involved with the school’s athletic events, this is an award not just for the school, but for the entire community.

Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards are presented annually by EMC representatives during fall athletic events and school assemblies to GHSA-member high schools in 64 regions and eight total classifications. 

            Middle Georgia EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to 4,800 members in Dooly, Pulaski, Wilcox, Houston, Turner, Macon and Ben Hill counties.

            Founded in 1904, the GHSA is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of more than 460 public and private high schools that strives to promote good sportsmanship, participant safety, fair play and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. The GHSA administers regulations for region and state competition in 21 sports and three activities. For more information, visit www.ghsa.net