BOSTON, April 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — After St. Mary’s of Lynn lost in the Massachusetts Division 1 girls ice hockey quarterfinals last month to Hingham High School, ending a 100-game winning streak that spanned four seasons, senior captain Sabrina Iannetti boarded her opponents’ bus, congratulated the team who ended her high school career two games short of perfection, and promised that St. Mary’s would cheer them on through the rest of the state tournament. That simple gesture of sportsmanship is an example of the inherent goodness in youth and amateur sports, and is the first nominee for the “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” of 2011 by Liberty Mutual Insurance and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).
The “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” campaign is the latest initiative from Responsible Sports™, a community-based thought leadership program developed by Liberty Mutual, PCA and several national youth sports organizations to spark dialogue about responsibility through sports and to provide resources, tools, tips and advice to youth sports coaches and parents.
“Each of the ‘Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments’ should serve as a reminder and inspiration to all involved in youth sports of the opportunities we have to create a positive, character-building environment that elevates the game,” said Jim Thompson, founder and executive director of Positive Coaching Alliance and author of the just-released Elevating the Game, written for student-athletes. “Too often the media focuses on negative incidents and boorish behavior in sports. We’re excited to partner with Liberty Mutual to commemorate the positive moments.”
Throughout 2011, Liberty Mutual and PCA will be searching for demonstrations of extraordinary sportsmanship, sacrifice and selflessness at the youth sports and amateur sports levels and celebrating those moments on the program’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/ResponsibleSports, and at www.ResponsibleSports.com. The public can learn more, as well as nominate their own responsible sports moments with descriptions, photos or videos at www.Facebook.com/ResponsibleSports.