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MVC holds 16th Annual Sportsmanship and Leadership Workshop

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Athletes from high schools in the Mississippi Valley Conference gathered at Logan High School for the 16th Annual Sportsmanship and Leadership Workshop.

The purpose of the conference is to teach athletes how to have good sportsmanship.

Seven schools in the conference sent about 25 student athletes, all of whom will return to their schools and be a leader at school and on their sports team.

"In my 18 years (as Commissioner) I've seen progress and a lot has been accomplished, Terry Erickson, Wisconsin Conference Commissioner's Association President said. "We're one of the few conferences in that state that does an event like this, and our Ass, Administrators and coaches take a lot of pride in what we've done."

Craig Hillier, from Winning Edge Seminars, was the keynote speaker.

He taught the students some team and self confidence building skills.

Students said was really encouraging.

"I think a lot of things he said make me think about my actions," Hannah Brekke, Central High School Student said. "and that I need to think through things and that we do have expectations put on us as athletes that other students don't have and we need to embrace the responsibility and ability we have to help other students and the whole school."

Damon Gnewikow, Tomah High School Student, said he learned what it means to be a leader and that it's just about your actions.

"I want people to remember me as being a great leader," Gnewikow said. "and what it means to be a leader showing people the right thing to do, not the wrong thing."

The MVC said even though student athletes in the conference already show good sportsmanship there is always room for improvement.

"I'd like to think we're a trailblazer on the state level, a state-of-the-art conference on sportsmanship issues," Erickson said. "But we're not completely satisfied and there's always room for improvements. I'd love for our communities and parents to grow as much as our student athletes have in the past 16 years."

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