The Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship is presented annually to graduating high school seniors from the St. Louis metro area who embody outstanding sportsmanship. Administered by the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates – the Sports Commission’s young professionals group – the scholarship recognizes individuals who exemplify honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class in athletic competition. Candidates are evaluated strictly on their approach, character and respect for others on the playing field. Athletic performance (wins and other stats) does not factor in the selection – making the scholarship unique.
The Associates launched the Sportsmanship Scholarship in 2009. The group raises funds for the program and selects its recipients. In nine years, the Associates have awarded $92,500 in academic scholarships to 31 college-bound students. The scholarship program is part of the Sports Commission’s efforts to promote and encourage sportsmanship in the community.
Congratulations the winners of the 2018 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship – Catherine Arnold, Imanté Griffin, Madelyn Hubbs, Connor Kingsland, and Mary LaBelle. Help us celebrate sportsmanship by nominating a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and character in athletic competition. The submission packet and application for next year’s scholarship will be available in January 2019. For more details, call 314-345-5130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pattonville High School
Pattonville High School’s senior swimming and water polo captain overcomes a tremendous challenge with humility and strength each time she gets in the pool. Madelyn was born without her left arm, but this has not stopped her from giving her best in and out of the pool. A meet during her junior year presented the greatest challenge of her athletic career. Madelyn swam the butterfly in the 200-meter medley relay for her team. She saw the official raise his hand before her leg of the relay began, usually the signal for a disqualification. Unsure if the ruling affected her, Madelyn kept swimming and posted a personal best time, giving her team what would have been a third place finish. But her initial instincts proved to be correct. Madelyn had been disqualified because she could not touch both hands to the wall on her relay turn.
Anna Braswell, Pattonville’s swim coach, explained, “Due to the fact that I didn’t have the proper exemption to the rule paperwork filed with the state director for swimming, she was disqualified from her race. Madelyn handled this situation respectfully and maturely and politely asked the official and myself how to file paperwork correctly so this wouldn’t happen again.” Given the circumstances, Madelyn showed remarkable composure. Added Coach Braswell, “Madelyn is a humble athlete who continuously displays sportsmanship. She is an excellent advocate and leader for all students and especially students with disabilities.” Madelyn will continue her education at Maryville University.