America East Launches S.T.A.R.S. Sportsmanship Initiative, Student-Athletes Advancing Respect through Sports

Release: 09/30/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass - The America East Conference announces the launch of its new sportsmanship program for the month of October, the America East S.T.A.R.S. Sportsmanship Initiative.  S.T.A.R.S. (Student-Athletes Advancing Respect through Sports) was developed based on the underlying belief that good sportsmanship habits must be instilled in athletes at a young age.

Each of the nine member institutions has worked to create a unique set of events that will help America East student-athletes reach out to youth athletes and help develop their sense of sportsmanship.  Each event will bring young athletes to campus to meet with college student-athletes, attend games and receive direct instruction about sportsmanship on and off the field. 

S.T.A.R.S. events throughout October will occur before and during America East games.  Some of the sportsmanship activities planned at various America East schools include:

-           A sportsmanship school where young athletes will learn about good sportsmanship and receive a certificate to show they graduated

-           Youth athletes attending campus sporting event alongside college student-athletes to learn how to root for their team respectfully

-           Youth athletes participating in a collegiate pre-game handshake line so they understand the importance of treating opponents with respect

-           Publicly recognizing youth athletes who have demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the field

-           Youth athletes reading the America East sportsmanship pledge over the public address system prior to games

Keep checking back at for the latest updates on S.T.A.R.S events.

University of Hartford's program

University of Vermont's program

About the America East Conference: Into its third decade of operation, America East has evolved into one of the most comprehensive NCAA Division I conferences with a commitment to broad-based, competitive athletics programs, complementing the academic integrity and missions of the member institutions. Progressive in its approach to its more than 3,200 student-athletes, America East recognizes champions in each of its 20 sports. America East also conducts the nation's most comprehensive academic recognition program for student-athletes.

With a geographic footprint covering the Mid-Atlantic to Northeast regions of the United States, America East strives to develop champions in academics, athletics and leadership at its nine member institutions: University at Albany, Binghamton University, Boston University, University of Hartford, University of Maine, UMBC, University of New Hampshire, Stony Brook University and University of Vermont.