Hume-Fogg earns recognition for its atmosphere of sportsmanship
The kids at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet are strong students, but they’re also gracious athletes who are now being recognized for a tradition of good sportsmanship. The school has been named a divisional finalist for the A. F. Bridges Award by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA).The school is one of three that was chosen as a finalist for Middle Tennessee Class AA.
The A. F. Bridges Divisional Award recipients are chosen by local sporting officials associations that they service. The award recognizes schools that have displayed an overall positive effort to teach, expect and demand a positive atmosphere of sportsmanship at their particular contests.
From the nominations and the schools that have received no reported unsportsmanlike conduct during the previous school year, only 27 schools were selected. Hume-Fogg was one of them.
A. F. Bridges was a teacher and coach in a number of schools and later became the Superintendent of Covington City Schools in Tennessee. He was the first full-time Executive Secretary of the TSSAA and established the first TSSAA state office in Trenton in 1946.
Under his leadership, athletics in Tennessee reached a level of excellence never before achieved. He brought national recognition to Tennessee in high school athletics, particularly in the field of girls’ athletics. He was also instrumental in establishing one of the most respected training programs for sporting officials in the nation.
Mr. Bridges was a person of high principles who displayed firmness and fairness and emphasized the ideals of ethics and integrity. The award in his name is meant to recognize schools and individuals who embody these same characteristics.
As part of this recognition, the school received a “Just Do What’s Right!” banner AND $1,000 that will go toward a scholarship recognizing an outstanding athlete who represents the essence of good sportsmanship and citizenship.
The criteria for the scholarship will be established by our school. The student will be recognized at the end of the school year.