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McDonald's® seeks nominations for award
AUBURN — Organizers of the Maine McDonald's® High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games are seeking nominations for the 2011 Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award. Two high school seniors – one from the East division, one from the West – will be honored during Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Weekend at Husson University in Bangor on March 11 and 12. The nomination deadline is February 16.
The Maine McDonald’s® Spirit of the Game Award was created in 2009 to honor two high school seniors who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff, and show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries. In 2010, the awards were renamed to honor inaugural recipients Joshua Titus of Auburn and Patrick Thibodeau of Cumberland. The East Division Award is now known as the Joshua Titus Spirit of the Game Award and the West Division Award, the Patrick Thibodeau Spirit of the Game Award. Titus has overcome the challenges of autism and Thibodeau has Downs Syndrome.
In 2010, Molly Mooney of Gray-New Gloucester High School received the Patrick Thibodeau Spirit of the Game Award for her selfless acts of courage after losing her mother to cancer. Molly honored her mother by working to become a better basketball player and a person of tremendous courage and character. Mooney’s coach, Christopher Aube, nominated her for the award stating, “Molly’s selfless acts have benefited our program more than she will ever realize. Her willingness to put her ego aside … is the proudest I have been of any player I have coached.”
Carlos Baeza of Camden High School, the 2010 Joshua Titus Spirit of the Game Award recipient, is the only Team Manager in the school’s history to be named as a Team Captain. Baeza has overcome the challenges of Cerebal Palsy. In nominating him for the award, Baeza’s coach Jeff Hart wrote, “For me to be able to put into words what I think of Carlos Baeza…to be able to describe what he means to me, and what he means to this entire school and community … is like asking me to sail around the world in a day. Carlos has been, and still is, one of the most influential people in my life.”
Spirit of the Game nomination forms can be downloaded or completed electronically at www.mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org/wards/214-maine-mcdonalds-spirit-of-the-games.htm.
To request a nomination form in the mail, call Kevin Mitchell at 755,9470, ext 105. The deadline to receive nominations is February 16.
The 2011 Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Games will be played at Newman Gymnasium on the campus of Husson University in Bangor on Saturday, March 12. The game-day program will feature competition between top players in the state's A/B and C/D Boys and Girls divisions. All-Star players, coaches, All-State Academic teams, Foul Shooting Champions, Spirit of the Game Award recipients and Mr. and Miss Basketball will be honored at the awards banquet on Friday, March 11, at 7 p.m.
More information about the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games is available at www.mainemcdonaldsbasketball.org.
Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Maine. RMHC of Maine is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help Maine children and families lead happier, healthier and more productive lives. Since its founding in 1989, RMHC of Maine has granted more than $1.6 million to local children’s programs that make a measurable impact in our communities. More information is available at www.rmhcmaine.org.