Football fans reminded about good sportsmanship at Saturday’s Tommie-Johnnie game

This Saturday the University of St. Thomas football team plays against St. John’s, one of the storied rivalries in the MIAC conference. We wish our team well and a great time for all of the fans.

As the game fast approaches, we would like to remind everyone to use good sportsmanship, conduct themselves with respect and represent our schools in a positive manner. This especially applies to the selling, purchasing and wearing of T-shirts that disrespect the human dignity of another person. My colleagues – vice presidents at St. John’s and St. Benedict’s – are sending a similar message to their students.

The NCAA Division III policy clearly states that "Division III athletics encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect, and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment."

In an effort to foster this environment, home and visiting guests wearing clothing that are disrespectful to others will be asked to change before gaining entrance to the football game, which will be played at Collegeville this year.

We want to create a positive experience for you, our guests, parents, alumni and friends who may be attending the game. We want you to cheer and support our players with positive attitude and excitement. Show your Tommie spirit and enjoy the game!

Go Tommies!