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AHSAA Announced Making A Difference Team

From AHSAA Media Relations:

Six individuals who have made an impact as exemplary role models have been selected as 2012 Making A Difference Award recipients by the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.

The six will be recognized at the AHSAA Championship Coaches Banquet at the Renaissance Montgomery Convention Center July 13. The 6:30 p.m. event will close out the 2012 All-Star Sports Week and Summer Conference.

One winner from each of the AHSAA’s six classifications was chosen from nominations submitted by AHSAA member schools and other support organizations. This year’s recipients are Renard Davis, McIntosh (1A); John Smith, Hatton (2A); Frances Shipp, Weaver (3A); Richard Robertson, Andalusia (4A); Janet Latham, Athens (5A); and Peter Braasch, Vestavia Hills (6A).

The award was established in 2011 by the AHSAA and AHSADCA to recognize individuals who go beyond their normal duties as a coach, teacher or administrator to make a positive impact in their schools and communities.

“We think these six recipients are prime examples what this award stands for. Each of them has made a major difference in their communities and schools and have been excellent role models for the students and faculty,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “This award is the most important honor a professional educator can receive.

“Characteristics considered for this prestigious award include the recipient’s character, integrity, and service, all of which have enabled these individuals to have a life-changing impact on the community or school.”

Savarese said this special award exemplifies what makes education-based sports so important.

“We are very proud of all our coaches, teachers and administrators,” he said. “This is one way we can honor them for the examples they set and the life lessons they teach on a daily basis.”

The Awards Banquet will also recognize coaches who led their teams to AHSAA state championships during the 2011-12 school year.

The Dr. Larry Lemak Award, a $2,500 need-based grant, will also be presented to 10 member schools. The Lemak Award is now in its fifth year with $130,000 distributed to 45 schools since its inception.