ROCK HILL, S.C. --- The South Atlantic Conference has implemented a new sportsmanship initiative beginning in 2018-19 called #RespectOurGame. The SAC Fall Sportsmanship Week will be held this week (Oct. 8-14) and will involve several upcoming Tusculum athletic events.
The #RespectOurGame initiative aims to emphasize the South Atlantic Conference's commitment to the demonstration of good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans throughout the league.
The SAC will conduct one, weeklong "SAC Sportsmanship Week" during each season (fall, winter, spring), during which, sportsmanship will be celebrated at all conference sporting events conducted on league member campuses with a pregame handshake.
Prior to the start of each contest there will be a pregame handshake and game environment pledge that will be read by members of each of the competing teams. Additionally, the SAC and its member institutions will highlight the initiative through social media, press releases and on campus activities.
According to SAC Commissioner Patrick Britz, "We are very excited to be rolling out the #RespectOurGame initiative. As a league we have always stressed the importance of sportsmanship throughout the year, and we will continue to highlight and emphasize the importance of having good sportsmanship to all our teams and fans."
The fall SAC Sportsmanship Week will be held October 8 – 14. Future dates for the winter and spring weeks are February 4 – 10 and March 25 – 31.
During each of the SAC Sportsmanship Weeks, league schools, coaches, student-athletes, and fans will have the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to sportsmanship in conjunction with the NCAA's RESPECT Campaign.
SAC Fall Sportsmanship Week Events (Tusculum Only)
Wed., Oct. 10 | 7:00 p.m. – Men's Soccer HOSTS Lenoir-Rhyne
Fri., Oct. 12 | 4:30 p.m. – Cross Country at Royals Challenge
Fri., Oct. 12 | 7:00 p.m. – Women's Volleyball at Catawba
Sat., Oct. 13 | 2:00 p.m. – Women's Volleyball at Queens
Sat., Oct. 13 | 3:00 p.m. – Football HOSTS Newberry
Sat., Oct. 13 | 5:00 p.m. – Women's Soccer at Anderson
Sat., Oct. 13 | 7:30 p.m. – Men's Soccer at Anderson