The Sportsmanship Brigade was created as part of the St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Initiative. The Sportsmanship Initiative is a series of programs implemented to create more positive environments for kids to play sports so they will remain active and lead healthier, happier lives. The Sportsmanship Brigade exists to highlight acts of good sportsmanship by those involved in youth sports. The goal of the program is to reinforce the importance of sportsmanship and spotlight young athletes, coaches and parents who do the right thing at the right time. By recognizing their class and character, the Sportsmanship Brigade brings to light positive examples for others to follow.
A Brigade in the military sense is sent into a hostile environment to engage the enemy and defeat him so others may live peaceful lives. The same is true of the Sportsmanship Brigade. In this case, the enemy is unsportsmanlike conduct. Our volunteers will reward those who stand up to this enemy and defeat it. The result will be a more peaceful and positive sports environment for all children.
How does this unique program work? Sportsmanship Brigade volunteers visit local youth and high school athletic contests looking for acts of good sportsmanship. When volunteers identify an athlete, coach, or parent who commits an act deserving of recognition, that individual will be rewarded at the conclusion of the contest with a Brigade prize which may include a gift card, t-shirt, or other item (valued at $20 or less).
If you would like to get involved in the Sportsmanship Brigade, there are three ways to do so:
1. You may participate as a volunteer (please note: Sportsmanship Brigade volunteers must be at least 18 years old and submit to a criminal background check).
2. Your organization can serve as a Sportsmanship Brigade host by permitting Brigade volunteers to attend games – and reward acts of good sportsmanship at your facility.
3. You or your company can donate prizes to the Sportsmanship Brigade. Click on the appropriate link below and help improve youth sports today!