Sports Commission to award $15,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from the St. Louis area

Trent Ross Polar Plunge
Trent Ross (pictured far left) is still helping athletes finish their race. This picture was taken after he and his Collinsville P.D. team participated in a local Polar Plunge event benefitting Special Olympics.

Seven years ago, we awarded $2,500 to Trent Ross – a runner from Triad High School in Troy Illinois. Trent was recognized for his unselfish and humble attitude toward opponents. No matter where he finished in a race, Trent stayed at the finish to thank and congratulate every opposing runner.

If Trent finished first, he thanked every runner behind him. If he finished last, he found the all the athletes who finished ahead of him and thanked them. His attitude and commitment to sportsmanship was never dictated by wins and losses.

Nineteen other young people have displayed similar selflessness and respect over the years. Including Trent, the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship, presented by the Sports Commission Associates, has awarded $45,000 to St. Louis area high school seniors who exemplify honesty, integrity, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class in athletic competition.

This year marks the biggest step forward ever for the Sportsmanship Scholarship. In 2016, the Sports Commission will award $15,000 in scholarship funds, with a record $10,000 going to a single student. Click here to access the application packet.

The application deadline is Monday, April 4, so don’t waste any time! The Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship is a program of the St. Louis Sports Commission’s Sportsmanship Foundation – whose mission is to create positive experiences for kids so they remain active and lead healthier,happier lives. For more this and every Foundation program, please visit




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