Three local athletes, along with one coach, will be honored Monday at the eighth annual Positive High School Athlete Awards hosted by the Senator John Heinz History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward will host the event that awards over $16,000 in scholarships to the winners.
Bentworth’s Levi Jordan (football), Laurel Highlands’ Gregory Hensh (golf), Mount Pleasant’s Dominic Giallonardo (baseball), and long-time Brownsville softball coach Jane Bock are among the 31 scholastic athletes and two coaches selected from nearly 1,000 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers and parents that covered 150 western Pennsylvania high schools.
Jordan is one of two football players recognized. Hensh and Giallonardo are the lone awardees in their respective sports. Bock was honored as the girls coach.
North Allegheny will be honored as the Most Positive High School.
Seven (of the 31) student-athletes will receive the following scholarships:
Mylan, Inc. “Male and Female Positive Athletes of the Year” — Given to a male and female athlete of the year. The winners will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship.
“Jeff Boynton Memorial Scholarship” — Given to the Positive High School Athlete who best exemplifies the former Plum High School star who always put his team above himself. The winner will receive a $2,200 college scholarship (Jeff’s number was #22).
UPMC Sports Medicine “Comeback Player” Awards — Given to two Positive High School Athletes who have overcome serious injury to make a positive impact on their teams and teammates. The winners will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
Knichel Logistics “Title IX Award” — Given to the female Positive High School Athlete who has shown amazing leadership to her entire school. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
The Wilson Group “Positive Solutions Award” — Given to a student-athlete who has helped others on their team, school and/or community create a positive solution to a difficult situation. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.
This year’s winners will be recognized on the field at the Pittsburgh Pirates–Detroit Tigers game on Tuesday at PNC Park. UPMC has also arranged for behind-the-scenes tours of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex and UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.