ORGANIZATION AWARDS $15,000 TO THREE AREA STUDENTS FOR EXEMPLIFYING CLASS AND CHARACTER ON THE PLAYING FIELD
ST. LOUIS – May 24, 2016 – Nick Alexander, Leeann Graff and Rolando Merriweather are the recipients of the 2016 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded by the St. Louis Sports Commission’s young professionals group – the Sports Commission Associates – and recognizes graduating high school seniors from the region who embody outstanding sportsmanship. The three students were selected from more than 60 nominations.
Alexander received the top scholarship award of $10,000 in recognition of the class, humility and compassion that were hallmarks of his swimming career at Vianney High School. He will attend the University of Missouri. Graff and Merriweather each received scholarship awards of $2,500. Graff graduates this week from Pattonville High School and is enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. Merriweather recently graduated from Cardinal Ritter College Prep and will continue his education at Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Bios highlighting all three scholarship recipients and the reasons for their selection appear later in this news release. Their photos are available at http://sportsmanship.org/stl-programs/sportsmanship-scholarship/.
The Sports Commission Associates created the Sportsmanship Scholarship in 2009 to recognize and reward local high school seniors for their integrity, civility, selflessness and compassion in athletic competition. The Associates have since awarded $60,000 to 23 college-bound students. The scholarship program supports the mission of the Sports Commission’s affiliated St. Louis Sports Foundation, which celebrates and elevates sportsmanship in the community. Candidates are evaluated strictly on their approach, character and respect for others on the playing field – athletic performance does not factor in the selection – making the scholarship unique.
ST. LOUIS – May 18, 2016 – Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin is visiting St. Louis to promote the upcoming 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Men’s Gymnastics and P&G Gymnastics Championships for women’s and junior men’s gymnastics. Scheduled for June 23-26, the event will be held at Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Arena. While in town, Liukin will announce details of the Fan Fest that will take place connected to the Trials and Championships. She will also throw out the first pitch at tonight’s Cardinals-Rockies game as well as meet with local media during her stay.
Scheduled for June 23-26, the Fan Fest for the men’s Trials and P&G Championships will take on a Rio theme, as the Brazilian city hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics. Outside Chaifetz Arena, there will be a beach and palm trees, as well as music, autographs, food, face painting, and other fun activities along with the opportunity to buy merchandise. In addition, hundreds of children ages 7-13 are expected to participate in an Olympic Day celebration, followed by an opening ceremony on June 23 at 11:30 a.m. More information on the Fan Fest and a detailed schedule will be released soon.
Tickets for the Trials and Championships may be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at Ticketmaster outlets and the Chaifetz Arena Box Office. For more information, visit stlouis2016.com.
Single-session tickets are on sale for every session, with prices depending on session and seat location. All prices are subject to applicable fees. All times are Central.