Student-Athlete of the Week
The Student-Athlete of the Week recognition program was launched in the winter of 2009-2010 by the Cardigan Athletic Department. This program is designed to recognize two student-athletes each week for their effort, enthusiasm, sportsmanship, dedication to their team, and overall performance in practices and games. One student-athlete from the varsity-level teams and one from the sub-varsity level is recognized each week. Students are nominated by their teammates, and then captains or team representatives vote for the winners each week, making it almost an entirely student-driven award. One of the added bonuses emerging from this program has been the extra recognition bestowed by the students on teammates not ordinarily recognized as much or as often if, for example, their role has been less geared toward more-obvious forms of success, such as scoring goals or points or baskets.
Cardigan and Positive Coaching
Beginning in the winter of 2008, Cardigan Mountain School joined forces with the Positive Coaching Alliance to help promote positive coaching and education in sports. The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a nonprofit organization founded at Stanford University with the mission to "transform youth sports so sports can transform youth." PCA was created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience. Through this partnership, Cardigan has had several speakers come to campus to present to both the faculty and students and recently had a speaker come to address parents as well. In addition, our coaches receive from PCA weekly information and helpful ideas for how to implement their program more effectively in order to help student-athletes grow and develop positive experiences and character traits from sports.