Congratulations to senior, Justin Watson, who was named The Almanac "Male Athlete of the Year".
A picture of Justin, along with the Female Athlete of the Year, is on a billboard purchased by The Almanac.
The billboard is at the intersection of Rte. 19 and Valleybrook Road. It will only be up this week.
Sydney received a Citation from the Honorable Jesse White from The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, dated May 14, 2014, for winning one of the Kaufman awards. Sydney also received an Official Congratulations from Pennsylvania State Senator Matt Smith that was from the Senate, dated April 30, 2014, for winning one of the Kaufman awards. Sydney will attend Clarion University this fall and join their swim team.
The WPJSHOF is a chapter of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and was founded in 1982 with a dual mission: To financially support Jewish related sports programs in Western Pennsylvania and Israel and to find Jewish men and women with connections to Western Pennsylvania who have achieved a high level in athletic competition, or with prestigious careers that are closely related to the sports field, and to honor them with induction into our Hall of Fame.
South Fayette’s Ryan Lerda Presented
Most Positive Athlete Award by Hines Ward
Lerda was presented the award along with 25 other winners representing a variety of boys and girls sports at the C Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum in downtown Pittsburgh. Nearly 1,000 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents were submitted by a total of 125 Western Pennsylvania high schools.
“This is the third year for the C Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards, and the stories of our nominees continue to amaze me,” said Ward. “I was always credited with having a positive influence on my team during my days with the Steelers, but the stories I hear about kids like Ryan really inspire me to be a better person.”
In addition to an awards’ certificate signed by Mr. Ward, Lerda a senior at South Fayette High School, took photos with the former Super Bowl MVP and Mr. Clemente.
Positive Athlete Pittsburgh (http://pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org) and the Positive High School Athlete Awards is in its third year and was created as a movement for more positivity in youth sports. In addition to excellence on the field, each participating Positive Athlete shares similar characteristics including an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.
“We did not put out a search for the best athletes in Western Pennsylvania,” said Ward, “We put out a search for kids with positive attitudes whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets. These kids are also positive role models in their schools who get involved in charitable causes, and have already learned the meaning of giving back at an early age”.
Mayor Robert Brooks of Murrysville also presented each of the athletes with an FR PROUD t-shirts as a thank you to the entire Pittsburgh community for their support of Franklin Regional High School. A group photo of all of the athletes in their FR PROUD t-shirts will capped off the award presentations.
“We hope this program focuses the spotlight on how important a positive attitude is not only in sports, but in life as well,” said Roberto Clemente, Jr. “My father’s legacy will always be remembered for his heart for others, something that ultimately cost him his life”.
Sportsmanship - The Only Missing Piece is You
The lessons for our youngsters don’t end with the final bell of the day if they’re involved in co-curricular activities. In fact, the learning experience that comes from participation in drama, music, speech, athletics and the like, promote lifetime values that cannot always be learned in the classroom. More Info...
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