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Congratulations to these excellent past travelers who have been honored as our yearly award winners! The are truly the best America has to offer and are great ambassadors of the USA.
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|
|2018||Janet Tyler, Women’s Volleyball, United World Games U17, 25th Place|
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|
|2018||Tre’von Williams, United World Games Men’s Basketball U19 East|
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|
|2018||Velveeta Mason Winter, Mother of Madison Gibson, Europe Lowlands Softball|
Elizabeth Beristain, Mother of Max Beristain (California)
“The trip was so beautiful in so many ways, we can’t be more thankful. The coach was fantastic. My son winning a Gold Medal was such a special moment. Simply fantastic!!! Thank you for a unique experience.”
June 12, 2016Read More Testimonials