CHSAA launches #BackMyTeam, a sportsmanship and school spirit contest for student sections

Cherry Creek Arapahoe boys basketball

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CHSAA is launching a new contest where student sections can showcase their school spirit and sportsmanship.

The new contest, called #BackMyTeam, is encouraging students to show how they best support their school's athletic teams in sporting and creative ways.

In order to enter the contest, students and school will submit photos or video (or both!) on Twitter and Instagram by including the hashtag #BackMyTeam and also mentioning the official @CHSAA account. Submissions must come from an official school, administrator or team account, not personal accounts.

"Our goal is to recognize some of these great student sections we have throughout the state while also encouraging good sportsmanship and school spirit," said CHSAA associate commissioner Tom Robinson, who oversees sportsmanship for the Association.

#BackMyTeam will award seasonal winners, which are selected following a week-long vote of three finalists. The winners will receive an award for their athletic department, and will be recognized at some of the biggest events of the season. The fall winner will be announced at the 4A/5A football championships, winter's winner will be recognized at state basketball, and the spring winner will be unveiled at state track.

All winners will also be featured on CHSAANow.

Each season will be split into three submission periods. One finalist will be selected each period. Those periods are detailed on the #BackMyTeam page.