CAVS’ CLIMATE HONORED

The Caroline athletic department was recently named one of 39 schools in the Virginia High School League to receive the Claudia Dodson VHSL Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award. Caroline is the only school in the Fredericksburg area to receive the honor.

“I consider this to be the Virginia High School League’s most prestigious award,” VHSL assistant director Tom Dolan said in a release. “It’s the only award that the entire school is graded on.”

Caroline athletic director Paul Heizer said the program was close to receiving the award in 2015, but missed out because of one player ejection.

But in 2015-16, the Cavaliers hit on 46 of the 50 required marks to be honored, including no ejections in any sport. Heizer requested that the conduct of Caroline’s players, parents and fans be evaluated by other schools, which is also a criterion for the award.

“It’s kind of an overall assessment of not just your athletic program but the whole climate of your athletic events,” Heizer said. “Moving forward we want to make this a regular occurrence. Behavior is something you can control. You’re not going to win every game but how you react to it and what’s going on in the setting of the game is important.”

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