During the city tournament earlier this month, George Washington trailed Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities in the third set. A ball attacked by Broad Ripple went out of bounds on the George Washington end line, and the point was given to the Continentals. July retrieved the ball for the referee and told him her hand actually brushed the ball on its way out of bounds. The call was reversed, and the point went to Broad Ripple.
“Her honesty and integrity did not go unnoticed,” referee Ed Thornburgh told the IHSAA when he reported this example of good sportsmanship. “I have been a volleyball official for 30-plus years and have never been given an honor call by a player,” he added.
After the game, Mr. Thornburg pulled July and her coach aside to compliment this player’s exemplary behavior. He also gave July the rare flip coin he has used to begin matches all over the country for more than 20 years.
“I officiate on average over 400 matches per year, so this coin has been with me for somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 coin tosses. This young lady’s example for good sportsmanship impressed me so much that I gave her the most valuable thing I had with me – my flip coin. And it was worth it,” Thornburg said.
The referee said July’s honor call made his entire season a huge success. There are many fantastic IPS ambassadors in our athletic program, and we’re glad members of our community are taking note. Congratulations to July Moe on this wonderful recognition!