An open letter to the greater Concord Community:
As superintendent of Concord Schools, I am extremely proud of the successes that our athletes and teams have had this year competing on the field, the court, and other athletic arenas. One thing that I have clearly come to believe after many years as a school leader, a teacher, a coach, a sports official, a parent, and grandparent is that athletics provides one of the best opportunities we have to teach our kids the invaluable relationship between sportsmanship and leadership. I want to thank all of you for your support to date on ensuring that Concord athletics embraces and demonstrates sportsmanship as one of our top goals as a school and community!
I would like to encourage all of you, whatever your role in our community, to share and communicate your appreciation for, your commitment to, and your expectation, that Concord’s athletic program become recognized as a model of sportsmanship to emulate for high school athletics.
Quoting Isaac Newton, “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and this is an idea whose time has come.” Let’s make this the right time and the right place for all of us (student athletes, parents, grandparents, coaches, school and community leaders, our cheering sections, and our community-at-large) to make it clear to everyone that exemplary sportsmanship is one of the top goals for our school and our community.
Let’s ensure that all our athletes learn the value of leadership and sportsmanship while participating in Concord athletics!
Al Widner, Superintendent
Concord Community Schools
It is the primary concern of the Concord Athletic Department that athletic participation and competition further develop the citizenship, sportsmanship, positive attitudes, and mental and physical well being of the student athlete. More important than winning is the knowledge of fundamentals, development of coordination, attitude, physical fitness and participation. Lower levels of competition shall provide students with maximum opportunities to participate.
Concord Community Schools endorse the goals and aspirations of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and thereby adopts all corresponding rules and regulations.
It is imperative that students understand that participation in high school athletics is a privilege and not a right. Participation is extended to those students whose scholastic record and citizenship satisfies the standards imposed by Concord Community Schools, as well as those of the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
On behalf of Concord Community Schools and the entire coaching staff, we would like to thank everyone that supports Concord Athletics. Concord is extremely proud of our students and fans. Our tradition is not only measured by our victories, but also by the way we conduct ourselves when we win or lose. Always remember, winning isnt everything, but good sportsmanship is.