Stow City Council honored The Lady Bulldogs, a sixth-grade traveling basketball team, Thursday for their outstanding display of sportsmanship to students in the Chardon community at the council meeting.
The Lady Bulldogs created headbands and t-shirts to show their support for Chardon students, when they played against the team shortly after the shooting at Chardon High School. Each headband incorporated Stow and Chardon colors to show Stow’s solidarity with those suffering from the tragedy.
The team also made headbands for the Chardon team to wear, and spoke in front of the entire crowd at the tournament to explain the significance of their creations.
Mayor Sara Drew was touched by the team’s actions, and decided to host a reception and presentation at the Stow City Council meeting to honor the girls.
“Being a good community member means your nice to people, show leadership, and do things that go above and beyond that you are not asked to do, and that you really take an interest in what’s happening around you,” Drew told the players and their parents. “You girls have done an outstanding job of exhibiting all of those qualities, and I think that’s something we want to celebrate.”
The Lady Bulldogs were excited to be honored by the council with a reception, flowers, and certificate.
“I think it’s important to root for other teams, and not just your own team,” said Lizzy Stefanov, a player on the Lady Bulldog team. Stefanov said the Chardon team was very happy to see support from her and her teammates.
“For me personally, especially when it’s girls being leaders, I think it’s really great,” Drew said.