Sportsmanship Scholarship Class of 2018: Mary LaBelle

May 9, 2018

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
St. Joseph’s Academy
For Mary LaBelle, sportsmanship means “acknowledging the other team’s success and talent, respecting the referees and the game, and keeping my attitude classy.” With this perspective in mind, Mary has amassed an impressive body of work during her athletic career at St. Joseph’s Academy where she is the captain of the varsity basketball team. Her reputation is one of helping up a fallen opponent, not being obnoxious during team celebrations, and not arguing with referees over questionable calls. Mary’s positive attitude extends beyond the court and to all aspects of the game.
St. Joseph’s head basketball coach Julie Matheny said, “I can recall a game at Villa Duchesne, when the game was over, Mary was the player picking up all the cups from under the bench, put the chairs back on the rack and just making sure our visitors area was clean and presentable. The AD from Villa was astounded by Mary’s attention to detail and doing the right thing. She was the captain that led by example not by words. She is the player that chases the balls down for the ref, even if they made a bad call.” Mary will continue her education at Kansas State University.

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