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Captains’ Academy gathers athletic leaders to discuss ways to encourage sportsmanship in youth

Athletic leaders from secondary schools in Nebo School District gathered Nov. 20, for Captains’ Academy, a program implemented to increase communication and friendship among student athletes and encourage sportsmanship and leadership.

Nebo School District held the Captains’ Academy for all Nebo junior high and high school sports captains participating in winter sports. This event, held three times a year, helps the student athletes focus on leadership and sportsmanship.

The sports represented in the winter academy include boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, drill, boys’ and girls’ swimming, band, and debate. The student athletes were welcomed by Dr. Everett Kelepolo, principal at Springville High.

All of the student captains sit with their peers. They listen to each presentation, and then work collaboratively to present back to the entire group their position and ideas.

“Through Captains’ Academy, we hope students get a better idea of what it means to lead and the role of sportsmanship in athletics and activities,” Kelepolo said.