INDIANAPOLIS June 19, 2012 - St.Vincent Sports Performance honored local student-athletes on Monday night at the sixth annual "Spirit of Sport Awards," reflecting the organization's Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication.
Student-athletes from throughout the area were nominated to receive one of seven awards. Area schools represented included: Beech Grove, Bishop Chatard, Brebeuf Jesuit, Cardinal Ritter, Carmel, Cathedral, Covenant Christian, Eastern Hancock, Franklin Community, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Heights, Heritage Christian, Indian Creek, Lawrence Central, Noblesville, North Central, Lawrence North, Pike, Roncalli, Scecina, Sheridan, Southern Wells, South Putnam, Tri-West, University, Western Boone and Zionsville.
Indiana Pacers guard Dahntay Jones presented Dillon Welch from Carmel High School with the Service of the Poor Award. This award is given to the individual or team who demonstrates a special commitment to serving those who are physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially vulnerable. Welch was recognized for always placing his faith at the forefront of his life. It is that emphasis on faith that has prompted him to give back to those less fortunate and those that may be facing adversity in their lives.
Seth Ireland of Hamilton Heights won the Reverence Dr. Robert E. Cravens Memorial Award. The award is given to student managers and student athletic trainers for the respect, compassion, dignity, and support they provide to their team. Ireland was recognized for staying under control in a hectic role as he assists with taping, functional rehabilitation, stretching, and many other "above and beyond" duties.
Two-time Super Bowl Champion Rosevelt Colvin presented the Integrity Award to Scecina's Ott Hurrle. The award is given to a non-student community member, for his/her involvement in sports performance, and for dedicating a large part of his/her life to developing, promoting, implementing, inspiring, and challenging student-athletes to become the best they can be as people, students, and athletes. Hurrle was recognized for his successful 34-year coaching career and the integrity he always displays. Among the thousands of students he has impacted through teaching and coaching are the football players he has led to six Sectional, five Regional, three Semi-State, and two State Titles.
Cole Toner of Roncalli was presented the Wisdom Award, which is given to an individual that has consistently demonstrated leadership skills, by not only maintaining a high standard for themselves but also a commitment to helping others to improve their own abilities. The winner must maintain at least a 3.6 GPA, an 1800 on the SAT and a 25 on the ACT. Toner met all of these requirements and then some, by not only having success on the football field by being selected to play in the IFCA North-South All-Star game, but also registering a 4.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale and a total score of 34 on his ACT with a perfect score of 36 on the math portion.
The USA Synchronized Swimming Olympic Duet Team of Mary Killman and Mariya Koroleva presented Alex Carson of University High School with the Creativity Award. The Creativity Award is given to an individual or team that has proven they have the vitality, energy, and enthusiasm to think creatively and problem solve in achieving a lofty goal. Carson began running the school's athletics social media, taking stats, scouting the competition, providing media kits, formed the Spirit Section, organized tailgates, and much more.
Max VanVliet from Bishop Chatard was presented with the Dedication Award, which is given to an individual or team that has shown unwavering commitment in overcoming the odds for an unusually successful outcome. VanVliet overcame two significant knee injures that ended his sophomore and junior football seasons. However, in overcoming these injuries, he not only helped lead Chatard to a State Championship, but also broke several long-standing quarterback records at his school.
US Olympic Gymnast Bridget Sloan presented Tory Herrmann from Lawrence Central with the Spirit of Sport Award. The award is given to the individual or team that has displayed excellence in each of the six Core Values of St.Vincent Sports Performance: Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity, and Dedication. Herrmann suffered a fractured pelvis from a car accident her sophomore year, but served as her soccer team's team captain her final two years in school. She worked tirelessly to return to the field and graduated 14th in her class among 606 individuals with a GPA of 4.3.
Inspiring adult leaders were recognized with two additional awards the Defining Sports Performance Award, awarded to USA Track and Field Performance Workshops, and the Trinity Dove Award awarded to the late Dan Wheldon.
USA Track and Field Performance Workshops was awarded with the Defining Sports Performance Award, which is given to a St.Vincent Sports Performance associate or member of a partner organization who has made a significant contribution to the sports performance industry. USA Track and Field was recognized for its contributions to advancing elite athlete development and performance. By trimming mere fractions of a seconds off their time, or adding inches to jumps or throws, the program is making the difference for athletes between medaling and missing the podium.
2004 IndyCar Champion Tony Kanaan presented and accepted the Trinity Dove Award on Dan Wheldon's behalf. The Award is given to an individual, through his or her involvement in a Sports Performance program, who has inspired, moved, or challenged the sports performance industry in a unique and personal way on his journey to improve his body, mind, and spirit. From daily training at St.Vincent Sports Performance, to his annual helmet design contest with Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Wheldon's unwavering commitment to improvement, optimism, and support for others who were pushing through their own barriers was always accompanied by his signature smile. Since his passing, his memory has continued to live on through numerous charitable events and contributions, including memorials, races, and a dedicated patient room at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.
St. Vincent Sports Performance honors student-athletes
Student-athletes from throughout the area were nominated to receive one of seven awards.
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