Spirit Award - Operation Football

SHOW US YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT!

WTHR and WZPL want you to show us that YOUR school has the biggest, loudest, craziest fans in all of Central Indiana! Send us your photos and videos, share your stories, and show us that you are the most SPIRITED fans around!

Fame. Fortune. The Trophy. And this year... A FREE CONCERT!

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Operation Football, WTHR and WZPL will present the 2018 Spirit Award Winner with a FREE CONCERT at their school! The stakes have never been higher, and the prize has never been bigger! Show us your spirit and we may be coming to YOUR SCHOOL!!!

We'll be adding some of our favorite school spirit photos and video on this page every week. You can also send us your photos and video just below this message. At the end of the season, a panel of judges will look over the collections and determine which school takes home the 2018 Operation Football Spirit Award! Click here for rules on how the contest will work.

OPFB Spirit Award Contenders












Our first Pep Rally of the school year is underway!

Posted by Cardinal Ritter High School on Friday, August 17, 2018








Posted by DCSC Warriors on Friday, September 28, 2018







FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) — The Fishers mayor is now voicing his opinion on the HSE Schools non-discrimination policy.

It comes after a Wednesday night school board meeting in which a majority of board members voted against adding language to specifically list sexual orientation and gender identity.

Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness posted a response on Facebook on Friday saying in part: "It is my hope and [ I ] ask that the HSE School Board will enumerate those most vulnerable in their anti-discrimination policy and bring us one small step closer to a more complete community."

"Although I recognize and respect the division of authority between our school system and city government, I cannot abdicate my role as a community leader. Our community continues to be viewed and recognized as one of the best cities in the nation to live and raise a family. Those accolades ring hollow if we are not willing to support those among us who are most vulnerable. We should not discount the effect of finally saying in an affirmative voice that we see you, we hear you, and we stand with you as one community. For those currently in power, it may be difficult to discern the value of these actions, but we have not walked in others' shoes. We have not experienced the pain and struggles of those who have felt marginalized by our society. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, 'The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.' It is my hope and ask that the HSE School Board will enumerate those most vulnerable in their anti-discrimination policy and bring us one small step closer to a more complete community." - Mayor Scott Fadness - Fishers

The issue came to a head on Wednesday's school board meeting when Sylvia Shepler, a board member since 2000, began by voicing that she did not want to list specific groups for protection because it would make other groups feel less important.

Board member Julie Chambers then asked for a motion to amend the non-discrimination agreement to include wording that listed protections such as sexual orientation and gender identity.

Later in the discussion, Shepler said she wanted to pose questions, but didn't need answers:

  • "Why is this happening so much more in these recent years?" She went on to say "it has risen to a loud level."
  • "What happens to children, even families, who embrace and accept whole-heartedly that gender-dysphoria is normal in an individual."
  • "Is there something we, parents, educators, policy makers, communities are missing? Could there be other influences outside of ourselves that have ulterior motives? Could we be pawns?"
  • "Why are we so afraid of voicing truth?"
  • "There is a growing trend, from what I've been reading, about rapid onset dysphasia and it shows up before, during or shortly there after puberty. Often they're seen in clusters even. There's great influence from peers and social media, even media in general. Is now becoming more and more acceptable that it's cool, it's popular. It's having a gold star in the eyes of their peers."
  • "Why wasn't this condition acceptable in the past and is now? Now, it seems that being straight is less acceptable almost."

During those questions, other board members, students and parents in the audience spoke out.

The board then voted on the issue of adding language protecting students and employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Those who voted for it were Julie Chambers, Janet Pritchett and Michelle Fullhart.

Those who voted against the language adding specific protections included Mike Bottorff, Sylvia Shepler, Brad Boyer and Amanda Shera.

FISHERS, Ind. (WTHR) — The Hamilton Southeastern School Board President, Mike Bottorff, has resigned.

Media relations confirmed Bottorff's resignation.

We will continue to update this story.

Posted by Indian Creek High School on Friday, September 7, 2018

Posted by Indian Creek High School on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Lebanon High School has won the 2019 Operation Football Spirit Award.


Tigers fans claimed the Spirit Award trophy Friday night when Sports Director Dave Calabro surprised a big crowd attending a watch party.

Lebanon brought high energy all season long, tailgating, making road trips and creating multimedia presentations.

Brownsburg High School and Fishers High School were finalists for this year's award.



LHS Pep Band made its first appearance in several years under the Friday Night Lights last night! Thank you, Mr. Wright...

Posted by Lutheran High School of Indianapolis on Saturday, August 25, 2018







MUNCIE, Ind. (WTHR) — Muncie's first paid African-American firefighter was honored Thursday with a life-sized bronze statue.

The Hurley C. Goodall statue was dedicated at Fireman's Park on Hoyt Avenue in Muncie to honor Goodall for his legacy of public service.

Goodall was hired as a firefighter back in 1958 and went on to serve in the Indiana General Assembly until 1992.

The statue was designed by Hoosier artist Bill Wolfe.


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Finalists were announced Friday for the 2018 Operation Football Spirit Award

They are, in no particular order:

Western Boone Stars

New Palestine Dragons

Fishers Tigers

Martinsville Artesians

Decatur Central Hawks

The battle is on! Show us why you should win the award and a concert for your school.

Stay tuned to see what happens next!


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Finalists were announced Friday for the 2019 Operation Football Spirit Award

They are, in no particular order:

Mooresville​
Brownsburg
Lebanon​
Whiteland
Fishers
Bishop Chatard

The winner will be announced at the end of the Operation Football season!






In a hard-fought match with plenty of offense, the Quakers eventually fell to the Pioneers, 52-42

Posted by Plainfield Community School Corporation on Saturday, September 1, 2018

Posted by Plainfield Community School Corporation on Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Quakers kept it close in the first half, but the Decatur Central Hawks found their footing in the second half and...

Posted by Plainfield Community School Corporation on Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Quakers kept it close in the first half, but the Decatur Central Hawks found their footing in the second half and...

Posted by Plainfield Community School Corporation on Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Quakers kept it close in the first half, but the Decatur Central Hawks found their footing in the second half and...

Posted by Plainfield Community School Corporation on Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Quakers kept it close in the first half, but the Decatur Central Hawks found their footing in the second half and...

Posted by Plainfield Community School Corporation on Sunday, September 23, 2018

Posted by Plainfield Community School Corporation on Sunday, October 7, 2018


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — It's been another great year of high school football and as the season winds down, school spirit is strong.

The field for the Operation Football Spirit Award will be narrowed from six schools down to three. Brownsburg, Fishers and Lebanon have two weeks to prove they deserve the Spirit Award.


Mooresville, Bishop Chatard and Whiteland were also among the semifinalists.

Some have stepped up their efforts to make it to the final three:


The winner of the Operation Football Spirit Award will be announced on November 15.


THORNTOWN, Ind. (WTHR) - We may be in the middle of basketball season, but we're celebrating some big accomplishments in football on Friday.

Dave Calabro returned to Western Boone High School to deliver the prize after the school won this year's Operation Football Spirit Award.

Besides a huge trophy, students and staff were treated to a Jake Miller concert at the school on Friday.


If you weren't there, you can still get in on the excitement by clicking on the media player above!

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Western Boone High School has won the 2018 Operation Football Spirit Award.

The Stars fans claimed the Spirit Award trophy as well as a concert for their school from WZPL.

Other finalists included Decatur Central, Fishers, Martinsville and New Palestine.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — In our 25th year of Operation Football, schools across central Indiana brought their "A" game in school spirit.

But we had to choose just one as the Spirit Award winner. And the winner was Western Boone High School!

Because they brought the school spirit to us, we will be bringing a concert to them.

Jake Miller will be performing for the students at the high school next Friday, February 15!

Miller is an American pop singer and rapper from Florida.

His debut album, 'Us against Them,' dropped in 2013 and his latest album 'Silver Lining' debuted last year.

Miller sent this message to Western Boone High School students just a week out from the concert.

The concert is sponsored by IBEW.