Previous YAIAA SPORTSMANSHIP WINNERS

Sportsmanship by Year      

Sportsmanship by Sport        

Sportsmanship by School        

Salute to our 2019   SPORTSMANSHIP WINNERS

Boys Cross Country                    Girls Cross Country                         Football                               Golf                                      Girls Tennis

Division I South Western                   Division I South Western                 Division I Spring Grove           Division I New Oxford          Division I Dover

Division II Susquehannock                 Division II Eastern York                   Division II Kennard-Dale        Division II York Suburban     Division II York Catholic

Division III Bermudian Springs         Division III Bermudian Springs        Division III York Tech               Division III Bermudian Springs

Field Hockey                                               Boys Soccer                                   Girls Soccer                  Girls Volleyball

Division I Central York                       Division I Northeastern                      Division I Spring Grove                Division I Spring Grove  

Division II York Suburban                  Division II Eastern York                      Division II West York                    Division II Gettysburg           

Division III West York                         Division III Littlestown                        Division III Hanover                      Division III Fairfield

Division IV Fairfield

Boys Basketball                 Girls Basketball                  Boys Swimming            Girls Swimming                  Wrestling

Division I Dallastown                 Division I William Penn            Division I Northeastern       Division I Northeastern              Division I Gettysburg

Division II Susquehannock       Division II Susquehannock       Division II Gettysburg         Division II Gettysburg                 Division II Kennard-Dale                        

Division III Fairfield                    Division III York Catholic                                                                                                                 Division III Fairfield

Baseball                                 Softball                                     Track  & Field                      Boys Volleyball                    Boys Tennis

Division I Spring Grov         Division I South Western                Division I Dallastown                  Division I Dover                Division I South Western 

Division II New Oxford       Division II York Suburban               Division II Kennard-Dale                 Lacrosse                    Division II Littlestown

Division III William Penn     Division III William Penn                Division III Delone Catholic       Boys Delone Catholic

Division IV York Tech          Division IV Hanover                                                                                Girls New Oxford

                                                                    Rewarding Sportsmanship…Big Time       By  Allan Pettit

People talk about sportsmanship all the time. In York, PA, they’re doing something about it. And the endeavor keeps getting bigger and better.

The Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award has been presented to selected YAIAA basketball teams each year since 2001. And in addition to team trophy winners, individuals earn scholarship awards. In 2001, a high school senior boy and girl basketball player each received a $1,000 scholarship. In May of 2017, members of the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund Board presented twelve scholarships totaling $104,000.

Gretchen Wolf Swartz was a high school basketball official who was dedicated to her craft. A former player, she believed in hard work and fair play. She modeled honesty, integrity, cooperation, respect, courage, discipline and teamwork – basic values that often get lost in this era of chest-thumping, look-at-me show-boating.

Following her untimely death to leukemia in 1997, her colleagues in the York County Chapter of PIAA Basketball Officials discussed a memorial fund to promote sportsmanship. They engaged Gretchen’s friends and family, and, in 2000, the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Fund, Inc. gained 501(c)(3) recognition. The first fund-raising campaign followed.

Here’s how it works: Each year, the officials vote to determine the York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) boys’ and girls’ programs that best display the pillars of sportsmanship. They’re the programs whose players play hard and fair regardless of how the game is proceeding. But it goes beyond the players: Officials also consider the behavior of coaches and fans from middle school through varsity.

The winning teams each receive the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award.

Senior members of the honored teams may then apply to receive a Gretchen Wolf Swartz Scholarship Award.  Candidates include cheerleaders, managers and players. They are then assessed by the members of the board based on candidate applications, high school transcripts, answers to essay questions, lives on and off the court, and an in-person interview with the 11 members of the scholarship board.

This past year, scholarships in the amount of $20,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 were given to seniors from each of the winning programs. Four $1,000 scholarships were awarded as well.

Members of the board believe that a person's ability to get along with others, on the street or on the basketball court, is one of the greatest skills one can master. Good sportsmanship in varying conditions exemplifies that skill. And the Gretchen Wolf Swartz Sportsmanship Award encourages the embrace of good sportsmanship not only by individuals, but by entire school cultures.

The model is established. Consider applying it to your sport in your community. For more information, visit http://www.gwsfund.org/.