Just recently, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association announced the launch of a new fan initiative.
The program is called “The Gold Standard” and is an effort to gather good sportsmanship pledges from Georgia Tech fans.
The “mission statement” follows:
The Gold Standard is a campus wide effort of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association to raise awareness of sportsmanship at all Georgia Tech Athletic events by increasing positive Yellow Jacket support; creating a sense of pride in Georgia Tech venues, events, and traditions; promoting appreciation for the spirit of competition and providing a safe, healthy and respectful game day environment for all.
In short, they’re asking Georgia Tech fans to cheer for the Jackets rather than against opposing teams.
This is a good common sense approach. There seems to be a common thread that runs through athletic fandom at various levels, where “fans”