When it comes down to it, many schools claim high school sports are more about teaching young athletes good sportsmanship over wins or losses.
But what if you could have both?
The Bolingbrook soccer team is ticketed for another double-digit win season, but it's their sportsmanship that is really turning heads.
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After every Southwest Suburban Conference slate, Bolingbrook will honor one player from their team and one from the opposing team with a Sportsmanship medallion, an idea spurred by Bolingbrook boys soccer coach Jamie Clemmons.
Clemmons originally set out to award only his own players, but wanted to ensure Bolingbrook's opponents didn't feel left out.
"We didn't want any of our opponents to feel like we were being disrespectful or upstaging them in any way by handing out these awards," Clemmons said. "So I brought the idea up at a conference meeting and all the other conference coaches supported it.
"Often times, the conference sportsmanship award was warded to the last place team, almost as a default. We wanted to seek out, promote and recognize sportsmanship in every match."
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