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Starting in 2018, SaWUSA will be naming two new YEARLY AWARDS in addition to our annual Coach of the Year Award. These two awards will embody the type of STUDENTathlete and Parent we look for in putting together our teams in the future. We thought it would be fun to go back in time and name our STUDENTathlete and Guest of the Year for the past three travel seasons. So, our staff checked our files and memories and selected 6 folks. We had a lot to choose from and certainly passed over some great people. But we had to pick just one! So, congratulations to the awesome ambassadors of the USA below!
Coach of the Year
The selection is based on; helpfulness in trip preparation, post-trip survey results from parents and athletes, commitment to team safety, commitment to trip morale, athletic competition success, and a commitment to well-being of our STUDENTathletes.
|2015||Rachelle Matthys, Women’s Basketball, United World Games U19, Silver Medal|
|2016||Bob Hutchings, Men’s Basketball, United World Games U19 East, Silver Medal|
|2017||Jeremy Otkin, Men’s Basketball, Euro Basketball Cup U14, Gold Medal|
STUDENTathlete of the Year
This traveler demonstrates athletic success in International competition. But that’s just part of the story. This traveler also appreciates the culture and diversity of the different places we visit. They display awesome patriotism and interact positively with our new International friends and make a strong positive impression about America! They demonstrate leadership throughout the trip with their teammates and coaches.
|2015||Casey Cereceda, United World Games Men’s Basketball U19 East|
|2016||Haylee Keating, Apeldoorn, Softball|
|2017||Michael Walker, Barbados Men’s Basketball Stars|
Guest of the Year
This ‘Trip Mom’ (or Dad) makes the trip better for all travelers. They are great at ‘going with the flow’ and handling the ups and downs of International group travel. During the trip they help the SaWUSA staff care for each traveler by going above and beyond to assist other travelers, especially those traveling without parents. Most importantly, they make the trip more enjoyable just by being along for the ride.
|2015||Kristi Williams, Mother of Devin Masters, United World Games Boy’s Basketball U16|
|2016||Jerry Stuart, Father of Emmi Stuart, United World Games Women’s Basketball U19 East|
|2017||Delissa McCray, Mother of Parris Rawls, United World Games Women’s Basketball U19|