The 19th annual National Sportsmanship Day was celebrated on today in more than 14,000 schools throughout the United States and around the world.

National Sportsmanship Day is widely recognized as the largest sportsmanship initiative in the world.

The key facts that today is focused on are:

  • 2010 National Sportsmanship Day Theme – Competitive Self-Restraint. The theme is taken from NSD founder Dan Doyle’s highly acclaimed The Encyclopedia of Sports Parenting. Competitive self-restraint means competing hard but maintaining one’s self-control and playing within the rules.
  • 2010 USA TODAY Essay Contest. For the 18th consecutive year, the Institute for International Sport and USA Today will administer the National Sportsmanship Day Essay Contest. Winners are announced in USA TODAY on March 2 and winning essays will be featured on the USA TODAY website. To view details on how to enter, click here.
  • 2010 All-American Sportsmanship Schools. Selection for the 2010 All-American Sportsmanship schools will take place over the entire course of 2010. To view criteria and nomination information, click here.
  • 2010 Sports Ethics Fellows. For the 5th consecutive year, the selection process will be overseen by the Positive Coaching Alliance. 2010 Sports Ethics Fellows will be announced on February 28. To view criteria and nomination information, click here.
  • 2010 Partnership Opportunities. Leagues, associations and other sport-related organizations are welcome to become official NSD partners. A partners basic role is to urge their entire league or organization to participate in NSD. To view Partnership information and download a Partnership form, click here.

Shouts out to Pierre Garçon, wide receiver from the Indianapolis Colts,  for being named the 2010 National Sportsmanship Day Honorary Chair.

For more background on NSD check the official site [here].