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Hope Elementary School Receives Sports Done Right Accreditation

Contact: Karen Hawkes at (207) 581-2443

ORONO, Maine — Union #69 (Hope Elementary School) is thel atest district to join the ranks of Sports Done Right accredited school communities in Maine. The Sports Done Right Board of Directors unanimously approved Hope Elementary School last month, noting impressive progress and implementation strategies. With this newest accreditation, Maine’s mid-coast continues to lead the state in sports reform efforts. To date, four school districts and one recreation department inthe mid-coast region have received Sports Done Right accreditation, while several others are actively engaged in the candidacy process.

“I am extremely impressed with the work being done in the Hope community,” says Karen Hawkes, director of the University of Maine’s Maine Center for Sport and Coaching, the headquarters for the Sports Done Right program. “The committee responsible for implementing Sports Done Right has done an outstanding job increasing opportunities for student-athletes while making clear connections between sports and learning. Hope Elementary wills erve as a respectable model for other elementary and middle schools in the state.”

The accreditation of Hope Elementary School will ensure continuity for students as they advance to Camden Hills Regional High School. Five Town CSD (Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockport) received Sports Done Right accreditation last fall. Other accredited school communities in the mid-coast region include MSAD 5 (Rockland, South Thomaston, Owls Head), MSAD 28 (Camden, Rockport) and Rockland Recreation.

Sports Done Right is a University of Maine initiative that serves as a guide for schools and youth sports organizations to assess and improve the overall athletic experience for young people. The program is designed to enhance community conversations, promote community partnerships, increase student involvement, increase athletic opportunities, and educate stakeholders on the value and importance of healthy and positive athletic participation.

More information about the Sports Done Right program isavailable by calling the MCSC at (207) 581-2443 or online at www.sportsdoneright.org.

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