Glynn Academy Earns GHSA Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award

The school earned the Region 2-6A award for demonstrating impeccable sportsmanship during the 2020-2021 school year.


Principal Matthew Blackstone said this achievement underscores the athletic foundation of great character, fierce competitiveness and resiliency.


We are honored to be recognized by Region 2-6A for teaching the right fundamentals to our students. In spite of the pandemic and its impact on the fall and spring seasons, our students have represented our community well on and off the field, and our coaches, families and local partners have helped create positive environments that contribute to the success of all our programs,” Blackstone said.


“This award is a good indicator to the community that it’s not always about winning; it’s about building the character of our students.”


Steve Waters, executive director of athletics and facilities, echoed his sentiments.


I am extremely proud of the Glynn Academy coaches and administration for winning the Region Sportsmanship Award.  The coaches were presented with many obstacles last year including COVID and they kept everything as normal and positive as possible. The GA Administration and Coaches are to be commended for this outstanding accomplishment,” Waters said.


Since 2006, the GHSA and Georgia’s Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) have sponsored the Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Award which reinforces the GHSA philosophy: “Students, athletes, coaches, spectators and all others associated with high school activities programs should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, honesty and responsibility.”


Only one school in each division within each region is chosen to receive this annual award. The GHSA takes into consideration all aspects of sportsmanship during events—student athletes on the field as well as fellow students, school staff, parents and game spectators, making the award a tribute to the entire community.


Glynn Academy will be honored with a ceremony at one of the football games this year.


About the Georgia High School Association

The GHSA is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of more than 460 public and private high schools that strives to promote good sportsmanship, participant safety, fair play and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. The GHSA administers regulations for region and state competition in 21 sports and three activities. For more information, visit


Cooperative Spirit Sportsmanship Awards are presented annually to the GHSA-member high schools in the 64 regions from the eight classifications by EMC representatives during fall athletic events and school assemblies.