Sportsmanship and Service Award Winners 16-17

Craig T. White was a special education teacher, coach and athletic director at Old Mill High School.  Throughout his career he personally exhibited, and expected of his athletes, the highest standards of character, integrity and service to those in need.  He was a member of the Broadneck community as well, commuting to Old Mill from his home here on the Peninsula.  Craig lost a heroic battle with a rare melanoma in 2015.  During even the worst days of his sickness he came to work with a smile on his face, gave his coaches and athletes a positive role model to look up to and always looked for opportunities to help others lighten their load.  His legacy lives on in the hearts of all the teachers, coaches and athletes who are inspired to face every day with the same courage, compassion and joy they saw in Craig during his life.

In response to Craig’s shining example, the athletic directors of Anne Arundel County Public Schools commissioned a Craig T. White Sportsmanship and Service Award to be given out by every high school each year.  The teams recognized with this award have demonstrated the same outstanding characteristics of on-field sportsmanship and off-field service that were the cornerstones of Craig’s philosophy.  The Student Athletic Leadership Committee was presented with the accomplishments of each of this year’s teams and selected the finalists for the award.  The Broadneck Athletics Department is proud to recognize this year’s winners, congratulates them on achieving such a high level of character and thanks them for their service to the community.

Sportsmanship Award: Baseball

In describing his team, Coach Skrenchuk shared that “The baseball program has developed core principles of respect and sportsmanship toward our opponents, umpires, and the game of baseball. We teach our players to “Control what they can control” which means we do not complain about a bad call, we do not throw our equipment and we play with class. At the end of each game, win or lose we handle ourselves the exact same way. For example, our players remove their hats and say “good game” to their opponent and nothing else is said.  This year we showed support for Northeast High School and their 2 Degree campaign by wearing purple wrist tape when we played them.”

Service Award: Softball

Coach Hamilton shared that “The Broadneck Softball program dedicated themselves to serving the community this season.  Their biggest project was a supply and fundraising drive for the House of Ruth, a battered women’s shelter in Baltimore.  With the help of 24 teams at the District V Showcase, they raised $550 and collected 3 van loads of supplies.  In addition to the drive, the girls participated in the Polar Bear Plunge, stuffed eggs and set up for the Arnold Volunteer Fire Department’s Easter Egg Hunt, and volunteered countless hours with BBSC clinics and practices, which includes being “Big Sisters” to the BBSC 10U and 12U teams. Through all of these projects, the softball team has learned how the power of one small act of kindness can have a profound impact on the lives of others.”