At the annual Putney Recreation League soccer tournament this past weekend, soccer officials, coaches, and tournament organizers voted to present the Tournament Sportsmanship Award to our 5th- 6th grade TGS team for its consistent display of outstanding sportsmanship throughout those two days.
Coach Ken Brautigam described several examples of sportsmanship among TGS students. Among other gestures of goodwill, they cheered for all players who exhibited good soccer skills, and they played politely and fairly, even when players on the opposing team did not. When one of their competitors could only put nine players on the field, The Grammar School responded by playing a team of nine, as well.
Brautigam said, "I am extremely proud of these boys and girls. In my opinion, to win this award, to have impressed coaches and officials alike with their team effort and attitude, means more than any championship honor.
"This is not an individual achievement; it is a team recognition, and it confirms that our 5th and 6th graders really are living up to high standards on the playing field, standards that go well beyond skill and technique, strength and endurance, and soccer ability."