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Pre-Game Sportsmanship Dinner

February 9, 2017 03:00 PM
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PWHS and PEHS Principals Shake Hands
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The Proviso East and Proviso West Varsity Girls and Boys basketball teams put their rivalries aside to attend the First Annual Pre-Game Sportsmanship Dinner, hosted by Proviso East.
 
"The purpose of the social was to allow the two teams to get together and bond before the big East/West showdown later this week," said Dr. Hardy, principal at Proviso East.
 
Due to the unfamiliarity with this type of event, student athletes displayed a bit of apprehension and hesitation as half of the East cafeteria was dominated by blue, while the other half was filled with red. In order to break the ice to build this bond, Dr. Colbert, Assistant Principal and Athletics Director, gave student athletes an assignment. He asked them to switch seats so that each table had both Proviso East and Proviso West players.  
 
Dr. Colbert said, "What I want you to take away from this is that it’s ok to compete against your crosstown rival and have a passion for winning. But it’s also important to show respect for your opponent, respect for the game and how to be a sportsman because there are no losers in here.  We are 'One Proviso' and at the end of the day we are all winners." His purpose was to create an atmosphere of unity in the community. The dinner provided the first step towards accomplishing this goal.
 
Ms. Walker, assistant principal at Proviso East, Mr. Fred Aguirre, assistant principal at Proviso East, Dr. Hardy, principal at Proviso East, Mr. Davis, Athletic Director at Proviso West, Mr. Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, and Dr. Rodriguez, superintendent, joined the Pre-Game Sportsmanship Dinner.
 
Proviso East and Proviso West students sat side by side and had positive conversations during their meal. The event closed with the traditional post-game team handshake led by the coaches. This will become the traditional pre-game meal leading up to the Proviso Crosstown Showdown.  
 
Good luck to the Proviso Basketball teams! We are Proviso Proud! "One team. One Goal. One Proviso."
 
For photos of the event, please click here.
 
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