Virginia Tech to Host Sportsmanship Summit Thursday
August 27, 2003

BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department will host a Sportsmanship Summit, highlighted by Grant Teaff, Thursday night as part of its new "Hokies Respect" campaign, a sportsmanship awareness program designed to promote first-class fan conduct at all Virginia Tech sporting events.

Teaff, former legendary Baylor football coach and current executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, will meet with the football team, members of the athletic department staff, all Tech student-athletes, student mangers and trainers, the Marching Virginians, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Blacksburg Sports Club, the Blacksburg Hokie Club, the Roanoke Hokie Club and leaders of the Virginia Tech student body.

In addition, Radford University, Roanoke College, all four county high schools and Radford High School, and those who were at the Richmond Hokie Club Kickoff Dinner have been invited to the event, which will take place Thursday at 8 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum. The event is open to the public and is free.

The objective of the new campaign is to "empower Hokie fans to become caretakers of their college game day in Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum." As part of the campaign, Virginia Tech will take several actions in promoting a positive fan behavior. An insert piece will be mailed along with all season tickets for football and basketball; the "Hokies Respect" logo will appear on all stadium concession cups; the logo will be on all schedule posters; the logo will appear on the video boards; a radio spot is in the works as is a television public service announcement; and the logo will appear on all student and general public tickets.