PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute, a part of the Aria Health system, today announced the winners of the first annual High School Sportsmanship Award, a local scholarship program, sponsored by the Aria Health Foundation, developed to recognize those high school athletes who embody sportsmanship on and off the field. In its inaugural year, the program selected 21 student athletes from high schools represented in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks County and South Jersey.
The selected student athletes are true champions of sportsmanship who have consistently displayed outstanding qualities such as demonstrating respect and courtesy for teammates, coaches and opponents; practicing fairness while playing; and encouraging teammates to exhibit these same qualities, while also promoting fun on the field. Shining examples of student athletes honored by the Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute High School Sportsmanship Award include:
- A basketball player who coordinated team-building activities such as roller skating night, movie night and youth Saturdays, during which the team worked with the elementary-level athletes.
- A softball player who helped the opposing team's pitcher correct her pitching form after the game.
- A volleyball player with a leadership position in "Athletes Helping Athletes," a school club that assists special needs athletes in practice.
- A transfer student who demonstrated a positive attitude, respect for the game and support for his teammates during a difficult transition onto a new team.
- A soccer captain who offered guidance and support to her teammates after the death of a teammate.
"The Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute developed the High School Sportsmanship Award as a way to shine a light on the importance of sportsmanship and positive play during a time when immense competitive pressure is put on young athletes," said Arthur R. Bartolozzi, MD, director of sports medicine and orthopaedic surgeon at the Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute. "Participating in high school sports gives student athletes an opportunity to lead healthy lifestyles, build character and learn valuable life lessons. We are proud to honor these students who value sportsmanship, respect their fellow athletes and demonstrate the qualities that will help them succeed well beyond their years as competitive athletes."
Winners of the Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute High School Sportsmanship Award will be recognized at an awards breakfast ceremony in Spring 2016, among other student athletes, principals, athletic directors and their parents. Each of the 21 winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice, funded by the Aria Health Foundation.
For more information about the Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute Sportsmanship Awards and for a complete list of winners, please visit www.aria3bortho.org/sportsmanshipaward.
About 3B Orthopaedics at Aria Health:
Recognized as leaders in their fields, the specialists of 3B Orthopaedics at Aria Health have over 100 years of combined experience with expertise in joint replacement for hip and knee, sports medicine, complex shoulder treatment, foot and ankle, and comprehensive spine care. To learn more, visit ARIA3BORTHO.org or call 1-888-ORTHO3B.
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Inaugural High School Sportsmanship Award Recipients
1. Alison Wilson, St. Hubert High School, Basketball, Field Hockey and Lacrosse
2. Arnold Gonzalez, Community Academy of Philadelphia, Basketball, Baseball and Soccer
3. Brandon Teel, New Foundations Charter School, Basketball
4. E'drise Hightower, Tacony Academy Charter High School, Basketball
5. Jacob Small, Franklin Towne Charter High School, Cross Country and Track & Field
6. Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos, Jules E. Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School, Volleyball
7. Jeff Days, Philadelphia Academy Charter High School, Basketball
8. Kayla Winter, Archbishop Ryan High School, Volleyball
9. Lucy Smith, Northeast High School, Soccer
10. Miranda Ruk, Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush, Basketball and Softball
11. Taylor Champ, MaST Community Charter School, Basketball and Soccer
12. William McCarthy, Father Judge High School, Soccer
13. Ani Javardian, Villa Joseph Marie High School, Basketball
14. Denise Sacco, Morrisville High School, Basketball and Softball
15. George Alston, William Tennent High School, Basketball and Track
16. Jarrett Patman, Conwell Egan Catholic High School, Baseball, Basketball and Football
17. Katelyn Santana, Bristol High School, Field Hockey, Basketball and Softball
18. Nicole Cripps, Archbishop Wood High School, Volleyball
19. Olivia Sargent, Pennsbury High School, Cross Country and Track & Field
20. Patrick Donahue, Holy Ghost Preparatory School, Cross Country and Indoor Track & Field
21. Taylor Lanzillo, Haddon Township High School, Football and Lacrosse
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Maria Cerceo Slade, Aria Health
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