Viera High earns Rozelle Sportsmanship Award


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Now here is an award to be proud of.

Viera High was one of 10 schools throughout the state to receive the Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award for the 2016-17 school year, which recently was announced by the FHSAA.

The Hawks were the only Brevard County team on this year’s list.

According to the FHSAA website, “the award is given to schools whose athletic teams demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship during the 2016-2017 regular season as well as FHSAA State Series competition.”

Previous winners include Merritt Island Christian in 2013-14 and Cocoa in 2012-13.

Viera won a sectional award in 2012-13, but this is the first time the Hawks have won the overall classification award.

There were 20 awards given out overall to a first-place team and a runner-up in Classes 1A to 9A, as well as the middle school level.

Viera won for Class 8A, with Gulf Coast (Naples) taking the runner-up spot.

The FHSAA has been giving out the award named after FHSAA Commissioner Emeritus Fred E. Rozelle since 1991. The runner-up in each classification is awarded $500 and a commemorative plaque, while each classification winner will receive $2,500 and a plaque.

In an email sent out to all Viera coaches and administrators, Hawks athletic director Chris Gallagher wrote:

“Thank you for the extra effort displaying sportsmanship throughout the season! Your leadership and direction allowed for this very special recognition by the FHSAA! Your extra effort and commitment to serving others does not go unnoticed and is very much appreciated. We are an example to be proud of when it comes to being a ‘good sport’ and it is a standard that we are always striving for.

“Congratulations on the honor! Please share with your team and explain the level of sportsmanship that is now the standard at Viera High School.”