The St. Louis Sports Commission Associates Sportsmanship Scholarship awards $5,000 to a deserving St. Louis area high school graduating senior who exhibits outstanding sportsmanship in athletic competition. We were fortunate to not only issue the $5,000 award, but we were also able to issue three additional $1,000 scholarships to deserving student athletes as well. All of their stories will be published here.
Without further delay, we first present our $5,000 scholarship winner – Ms. Brianne Ebenroth.
Brianne Ebenrothis a multi-sport athlete who participated in cross country, basketball and soccer during her four years at St. Dominic High School. Although she competed in several sports, it was soccer she excelled in. Brianne garnered multiple all-St. Louis, all-conference and all-state honors. She earned a full athletic and academic scholarship to Drury University.
But prior to her senior season, Brianne was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), which causes chronic fatigue and other symptoms. Because of the illness, she was no longer able to play at such a high level. Faced with this reality, she opted to return the scholarship so that Drury could use the funds for another deserving player. It was a tremendously classy, selfless and mature decision.
Even with the medical condition, Brianne made the most of her senior season at St. Dominic. With Brianne as its captain, the school’s soccer team won its second consecutive state title. In the championship game, with three minutes to go and St. Dominic up 2-0, Brianne asked her coach to substitute her for any teammates who had not yet played.
St. Dominic Director of Athletics Jim Welby said, “Despite being her last competitive soccer game ever, Bri even wanted to take herself out so her teammates could have the memory forever. She had the foresight, compassion and sportsmanship to think past the moment and think about her teammates in the biggest game and moment of the year.” Brianne is continuing her education at the University of Missouri-Columbia.