October 5 Deadline for Good Sports Challenge
In 1993, a new, sustainable tradition emerged from the recycle bins around Neyland Stadium and the Good Sports program was born. Since that time, the Good Sports program has expanded across campus, making an impact at the University of Tennessee, and through its School Challenge, with schools and students across the state.
“We’ve come a long way in the last 25 years. During last year’s football season alone, nearly 10.5 tons of waste was diverted from the landfill. We’re exceptionally proud of our program with Tennessee K-12 schools. Since we started the Good Sports Always Give Back program, we’ve awarded more than $160,000 to Tennessee K-12 schools through the school challenge,” said Hanneke Counts, vice president of global health, safety, environment and security at Eastman.
The Good Sports School Challenge was designed to recognize Tennessee schools for making an impact and teaching students about environmental responsibility. Ten schools across the state are recognized for their efforts each year. Tennessee schools with programs designed to actively manage environmental impact or educate students and communities about environmental stewardship are eligible and encouraged to enter the statewide competition.
The 2018 Good Sports School Challenge is officially launched, and eight schools will be awarded $1,000; one exemplary school will be awarded $1,500 for the GSAR Sustainability Steward Award; and one school will be awarded $1,500 for the Best New Program. Along with the financial award, the 10 winning schools will be recognized at a University of Tennessee football game, and the winners will get a behind-the-scenes look at the Vol Network studios, participate in a tailgate celebration and be recognized in an on-field presentation during the game.
Schools can fill out a short, 10-question nomination form at www.Eastman.com/GSAGB by October 5, 2018 to enter for a chance to win.
The school programs can come in a variety of forms and include many different elements such as providing environmental education, reducing overall impact through energy and water conservation, general recycling and reuse programs, and conservation and preservation efforts.