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Regents and Spartans to Show Respect

Thursday, September 03, 2009  
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
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Rockford, Ill. – When The Rockford College Regents host the University of Dubuque Spartans on Saturday, September 5 at Sam Greeley Field, both teams will go above and beyond the normal levels of sportsmanship displayed on the field.  Both teams will join hundreds of other NCAA football teams on fields across the country in the “AFCA/NCAA Respect Weekend.”

For several years, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the NCAA have worked together with officials, media, coaches, and athletes to promote the importance of respect in the game of football.  This season, the two entities have again joined forces for this sportsmanship initiative.  The national event will cover all NCAA games played the weekend of September 3-7, 2009.

The AFCA Code of Ethics, Article 8 Section 2 states “before and after the game, rival coaches should meet and exchange friendly greetings.”  The activities of “AFCA/ NCAA Respect Weekend” will go a step further.  With coaches and a representative of athletic administration at the 50 yard line, both teams will also meet at the 50 for individual pregame handshakes.

The AFCA, with strong support of the NCAA and athletic directors from around the country, believe that each individual head football coach, through this initiative and their leadership throughout the year, can have a major impact in making respect and sportsmanship an important part of the game.


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