ORGANIZATION’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GROUP WILL AWARD 25,000 TO ST. LOUIS AREA HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WHO EXEMPLIFY OUTSTANDING SPORTSMANSHIP; TOP WINNER WILL RECEIVE $15,000
ST. LOUIS – Feb. 22, 2023 – The scholarship that annually seeks to reward St. Louis area high school seniors who demonstrate a penchant for sportsmanship and selflessness in athletic competition is now accepting applications for its 2023 recipients. The St. Louis Sports Commission’s Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship will award $25,000 in scholarship funds this year, with a top award winner receiving $15,000. Administered by the Sports Commission Associates – the Sports Commission’s young professionals group – the scholarship program is part of the organization’s efforts to celebrate and elevate sportsmanship in the community.
The Sportsmanship Scholarship application packet can be obtained online at sportsmanship.org/scholarship. Applications must be received by April 10, 2023. Recipients will be selected by April 30. The scholarship will be awarded for the 2023-24 academic year.
Scholarship candidates should be nominated for embodying the ideals and values of sportsmanship – honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion, and class – on the playing field. Those connected to athletic teams, such as student managers and cheerleaders, are also eligible for the scholarship should their leadership and behavior represent an extraordinary model for all in sports to follow. While off-field activities and community service are applauded, scholarship candidates will be evaluated for their approach and character in competition. Athletic performance (wins and other statistics) does not factor in the selection.
Greatest consideration will be given to nominees who demonstrate a track record of sportsmanship and respect directed at opponents, officials, and the spirit of the game.
The Sports Commission Associates created the Sportsmanship Scholarship in 2009 to recognize and reward local high school seniors for their character in competition. The group raises funds for the program and selects its recipients. In 14 years, the Associates have awarded $182,500 to 55 area high school graduates. Their bios can be viewed by clicking here. The Associates host an annual trivia night fundraiser to support the scholarship. The 2023 trivia night will take place on Saturday, May 13 at St. Louis University High School. For more details, visit sportsmanship.org/events.
The Sportsmanship Scholarship is named in honor of the late Carl Fricks, who embodied the virtues of sportsmanship. Through this gesture, the Associates recognized the selfless efforts of Carl’s daughter, Holly Yoakum, who chaired the group and was a champion for the scholarship initiative. Holly passed away unexpectedly in 2017, leaving so many friends and colleagues heartbroken. The Sports Commission and the Associates are dedicated to honoring Holly’s memory and legacy by growing the Sportsmanship Scholarship and carrying out her passion for doing good in the community.