Congratulations to Lily Fabienke who was awarded a $2500 scholarship from Delta. Lily along with Isaiah Coleman were selected and honored by Positive Athlete at the Twins games last night. MCA is proud of these accomplishments.
29 High School Student-Athlete Presented Most Positive Athlete Awards at Twins Game
MINNEAPOLIS (June 26, 2019) – High school student-athletes representing 29 different boys’ and girls’ sports were honored on the field before the Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox game at Target Field.on Wednesday, June 19th by Positive Athlete Minnesota, an organization started by former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. Two coaches were also recognized as most positive, and two student-athletes were presented with $2,500 college scholarships from Delta Air Lines.
Hundreds of nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents were submitted by over 100 Minnesota high schools. In addition to the Delta scholarships, and on-field ceremony with the Twins, the Minnesota Vikings also gave the winners a behind-the-scenes tour of the TCO Performance Center. All of the 2018-19 nominees were treated to a pair Minnesota Twins tickets.
In addition to excellence on the field, each participating Positive Athlete shares similar characteristics including an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.
“In the second year of this Minnesota program, the stories and number of the nominees blew me away,” said Ward. “I was always credited with having a positive influence on my team during my days with the Steelers, but the stories I hear about these kids really inspire me to be a better person.”
Here is a list of this year’s winners:
Football Luke Bonte St. Francis
Volleyball Kali Wolf Waconia
Softball Emma Botker Clinton Graceville Beardsley
Boys Cross Country Deon Estebo Redwood Valley
Girls XC Olivia Flack Lake Crystal
Cheerleading Annie Frank Northfield
Boys Basketball Justin Holmes Mountain Iron Buhl
Girls Basketball Alexandra Larson Pine Island
Wrestling Anthony Maher BOLD
Boys Swimming Grant Wambold Eagan
Girls Swimming Kallee Swenson Mora
Gymnastics Cambryn Rubin Triton
Boys Soccer Isaiah Coleman Maranatha Christian Academy
Girls Soccer Lily Fabienke Maranatha Christian Academy
Boys Lacrosse Luke Peterson Farmington
Girls Lacrosse Jessica Skelley Mound Westonka
Boys Tennis Zach Muetzel Cretin-Derham Hall
Girls Tennis Perrin Thompson Buffalo
Boys Track Myles Johnson Lincoln (Thief River Falls)
Girls Track Rachel Black Minnesota Valley Lutheran
Boys Golf Gordon Skaar Greenway
Girls Golf Ashton Hobza St. Michael-Albertville
Baseball Cooper Severson Fridley
Boys Skiing Andrew Deppe Virginia
Girls Skiing Madeline Keran Coon Rapids
Boys Hockey Andrew Dondelinger Bemidji
Girls Hockey Chantrelle Thayer Brainerd
Alternative Brenna Mahoney Frazee
Adaptive Chris Axelson East Grand Forks
Boys Coach Gregg Preston Hillcrest Lutheran Academy
Girls Coach Sarah Sinniger Brooklyn Center
“We did not put out a search for the best athletes in Minnesota,” said Ward, “We put out a search for kids with positive attitudes whose efforts don’t necessarily show up on the stat sheets. These kids were recognized for overcoming difficult circumstances or giving back to their schools and communities in a significant way.
Positive Athlete Minnesota, a subsidiary of parent company Celebrate Positive, LLC, is a group of high-character professional athletes who have teamed up to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. Positive Athlete has awarded over $250,000 in college scholarships and grants since its inception 8 years ago. The Minnesota program mirrors successful programs in Georgia, Western Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan (http://positiveathlete.org).