Giving a nod to those who give high school sports a boost: Excelsior Award nominations sought

NYSPHSAA-logo-cleanDo you know a CSEA member who is making a difference in high school athletics, whether through promoting school spirit, coaching a team or volunteering time in school sports programs?

If so, nominate him or her for the 6th annual Excelsior Award, co-sponsored by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and CSEA. The union is a longtime supporter of NYSPHSAA’s high school state championships.

CSEA and the athletic association developed the Excelsior Award to recognize a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school who has helped promote and foster athletic spirit in their local school district. The award also honors an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication and support of high school athletics in any role as a parent, coach, booster or staff member volunteering or performing above and beyond their daily job in a school.

“High school athletics make communities strong,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “CSEA members who work in school districts play an important role in supporting athletic programs in every part of New York, but so do our members who are parents, coaches and boosters.”

“We are excited to team with CSEA once again to offer this award to those who go outside their daily routines to promote athletics in their community,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas. “For five years, we’ve recognized individuals making a huge difference and this year we are looking forward to honoring a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school once again.”

Nominations will be accepted through Feb. 1, 2016. Fill out a nomination form by clicking on the link below.

The Excelsior Award will be presented at the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center on March 11-13, 2016.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York state. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.

Excelsior Award Nomination Form
Visit the New York State Public High School Athletic Association website

Previous Excelsior Award recipients
2014: Michael Paz, Newburgh Enlarged City School District
2013: Jimmy Colgan, Johnson City School District
2012: Gary Van Asselt, Haldane Central School District
2011: Lisa Vanderburg, Levittown School District
2010: Judy Young, East Rochester School District