The Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship
Presented by the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates
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 eight years, the Associates have awarded $60,000 in academic scholarships to 23 college-bound students. The scholarship program is part of the Sports Commission’s efforts to promote and encourage sportsmanship in the community.
Help us celebrate sportsmanship by nominating a deserving student who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship and character in athletic competition. Click on the links below for more information and to download the scholarship nomination packet. You can also view the bios of past Sportsmanship Scholarship recipients to see the type of attributes and actions the scholarship committee seeks to recognize. Scholarship applications must be received by Monday, April 10, 2017. For more details, call 314-345-5130 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
St. John Vianney High School
The Sports Commission Associates awarded Nick Alexander their top Sportsmanship Scholarship honor for 2016. The Vianney varsity swimming captain will receive $10,000 to begin his college education. A four-time state champion, two-time All-American and holder of multiple Missouri swimming records, Nick is one of the best swimmers in the state. In fact, he will compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. Yet Nick’s speed in the pool is eclipsed by the class, humility and compassion that define his high school swimming career. In 2014, the Vianney swim team competed in the Lindbergh Splash Out Cancer Invitational. After winning a race at the meet, Nick walked over to a 5-year-old boy battling leukemia and placed the gold medal around his neck. The boy’s father said, “For a high school athlete to be so competitive on the one hand, and yet so caring on the other, just amazes me.” Nick has also earned the admiration of officials and opposing coaches. The biggest compliment to Nick’s selflessness came from a rival coach. Kevin Brennan, the head swimming coach at Chaminade, noted that Nick took the time to mentor one of his top swimmers even though they are competitors. For Nick’s nomination, Brennan wrote: “I believe the word that best describes Nick is class. He has always shown a class attitude towards everyone – his opponents, other coaches and officials. Few have done what he has done; and yet through his entire high school career he has handled himself with class.” Nick is continuing his education at the University of Missouri.
Pattonville High School
Leeann Graff competed in volleyball, tennis and soccer at Pattonville High School. Serving as captain of the varsity soccer and tennis teams, she took on a leadership role promoting sportsmanship among her teammates and throughout her school. Contributing to Leeann’s selection as a Sportsmanship Scholarship recipient was a commendable step she took after attending the Musial Awards, an annual event in St. Louis that celebrates the greatest moments of sportsmanship in North America. The stories of extraordinary sportsmanship inspired and motivated Leeann to do something in her school. She approached her athletic director, Bob Hebrank, with the idea to create Pattonville’s own sportsmanship award. “Leeann has come up with the nomination process for all of our coaches and she will be part of picking the best nominee to represent Pattonville,” Hebrank said. So thanks to Leeann’s doing, Pattonville is now annually honoring a deserving student-athlete for their commitment to class and character. Her effort to spread the Musial Awards’ mission to celebrate and elevate kindness, selflessness and civility in sports is a remarkable act of sportsmanship in itself. Leeann is continuing her education at Southeast Missouri State University.
Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School
A four-year varsity football player and senior team captain at Cardinal Ritter College Prep, Rolando Merriweather is a leader on and off the field. Rolando’s selection as a 2016 Sportsmanship Scholarship honoree comes on the strength of his actions during the high school football postseason. An opposing player had been injured on the field and suffered a concussion. After the game, as paramedics tended to the player, Rolando instructed his teammates to form two lines so they could shake the injured opponent’s hand as he was carried to a waiting ambulance. Rolando said he was glad the player’s parents saw that even the opposing team cared about their son. This act showed Rolando’s tremendous selflessness and leadership in an intense situation. Rolando is continuing his education at Missouri University of Science & Technology.