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Emmanuel Christian Academy receives inaugural Metro Buckeye Conference Sportsmanship Award


Emmanuel Christian Academy is honored to receive the inaugural Metro Buckeye Conference Sportsmanship Award for their 2018-2019 athletic season. The award was initiated by the conference to celebrate the school that goes above and beyond to create an environment of respect, hospitality, integrity, and character on and off the field, at home and away. 


“It is an honor that other schools have chosen to recognize us for the culture that we have built,” said Emmanuel Athletic Director Rick Herring. “For us, it is not about wins and losses, it is about representing Christ to our community, our peers, and our opponents.”


The winner is decided based on votes from the Athletic Directors and Head Coaches of the conference’s eight member schools. The school that earns the most votes on average per sport receives the award.


Though the Metro Buckeye Conference recognizes that many member schools work hard to establish an environment centered on sportsmanship, the award was created in an effort to emphasize its importance and honor the athletic program that goes above and beyond. 


"Competing is one thing. But, to be awarded Sportsmanship based on the way you compete is the best of what you can ask,” said Emmanuel Principal and Boys Basketball Coach Dan Moore. “You remember the wins and losses for a while but people will always remember how you treat them and how you competed and that is our testimony.”


There are three separate categories that are considered: Team Sportsmanship, School Hospitality, and Overall Enjoyment. Team Sportsmanship refers to the behavior of the athletes and coaching staff during the competition. School Hospitality recognizes how teams and fans are treated by the athletic department, staff, and opposing fans during the event. Overall Enjoyment is the degree to which a team enjoyed competing against another school and interacting with their opponents. 


The award acknowledges the sportsmanship of all 2018-2019 athletic teams. Emmanuel’s soccer, volleyball, cross country, golf, boys basketball, girls basketball, cheerleading, bowling, baseball, and track and field programs were considered during the voting process. 


Senior athletes Luke Moore and Adonis Davis are honored to be a part of the inaugural award and to set the tone for Emmanuel students in the years to come. 


“We always try to establish a culture of sportsmanship and I hope that others are able to add to the culture that we have built,” said Moore. “It shows our testimony and our goal - always represent Christ in everything we do.”


“For the school, as a collective, to win feels great and to win with this family is an honor,” said Davis. “I hope that other students see what we have done, the example we set, and choose to grow the tradition in the years to come.”


The award was presented to Emmanuel Christian Academy at the annual Metro Buckeye Conference Sportsmanship and College Signing Award Banquet on Friday, May 17, 2019. Herring, Moore, a few coaches, and a handful of senior student-athletes accepted the award on behalf of the school. 


Thanks to the event sponsor, Chick-fil-A of Beavercreek, Emmanuel received a banner that will be displayed in the gymnasium for the 2019-2020 school year as a constant reminder of the importance of sportsmanship on and off the court. 


"I hope that our coaches will continue to push our students to realize that there are other people and that they are watching how we act and behave,” said Herring. “Being at a TK-12, the younger kids see the older kids on a daily basis and look up to them. It is my hope that our high school students and coaches will pass this culture on to the younger kids.”


Metro Buckeye Conference Members: Dayton Christian, Emmanuel Christian Academy, Jefferson Township, Legacy Christian Academy, Middletown Christian, Miami Valley School, Troy Christian, and Yellow Springs. For more information visit,


About Emmanuel Christian Academy: Emmanuel Christian Academy is a private Christian school established in 1997 in Springfield, Ohio. There are 295 students from transitional-kindergarten to twelfth grade enrolled for the 2018-19 academic school year. Emmanuel is a Christ-centered learning community that exists to educate students and prepare them for God's calling. Emmanuel emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and character development. For more information visit,