PEORIA, Ill. -- When it come to high school athletics, being a good sport is just as important as winning the game.
That was the lesson Monday at the IHSA Student Leadership Conference.
More than 600 students packed the Peoria Civic Center and learned the keys behind good leadership, communication, sportsmanship and respect.
All of which can be applied to more than just sports.
"Being the best that you can be. Each of us have it inside us to take it up another notch, to lift ourselves up to another level of competitiveness in this world and if we just look inside ourselves and say 'I can be the very best at what I do,' on and off the field each and every day, then we're going to change this world around one kid at a time," said Motivational Speaker Harvey Alston.
IHSA hopes the student athletes will pass on what they learned to their peers.