UNION, NJ - The walls of Union High School’s gymnasium is a place where special achievements are prominently recognized.
Championship-winning achievements and record-setting athletes are acknowledged in that space, showing off their achievements to spectators and offering a source of inspiration to Union High school’s current and future athletes.
Union High School will soon have another banner to display, as they are among the 79 schools in New Jersey who will be receiving an NJSIAA Sportsmanship Banner as a reward for their conduct during the 2018-19 school year.
“I am very proud of our student-athletes,” said Union Athletic Director Linda Ionta. “They represent themselves and our community in a positive way. We will proudly display the banner in our main gymnasium.”
"Too many kids have been taught that the goal of high school sports is to achieve an athletic scholarship,” said Coach Matt Lisle, a writer and clinician who currently works with numerous professional and college players. “Here's the truth: the goal of high school sports is to learn how to be a better person, a better teammate, a better communicator and to enjoy being a teenager...something you can't get back."
“I think our student athletes are understanding that message,” added Ionta.
According to the NJSIAA )New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association), each conference has its own criteria for selecting its recipients, usually presenting a banner to a school representing each of its divisions.