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: Softball
The 2018 Softball team was selected to receive the Sportsmanship Award for their commitment to hospitality and kindness towards their opponents. The girls greeted their opponents before all of their home games and provided them with water and sunflower seeds. The team brings flowers to give to the players celebrating their Senior Nights at other schools and have flowers for the seniors who are visiting when Broadneck hosts their Senior Night. Additionally, they always thank their umpires and go watch baseball when their game is finished.
Service Award: Girls Lacrosse
The 2018 Girls Lacrosse team was selected to receive the Service Award because of their comprehensive approach to community service. The team hosts Saturday morning clinics for the Bays lacrosse program and has a team join them on the sidelines of their home games as part of the Building Bruins program. The visiting Bays team gets a personalized letter from a member of the Varsity team, joins the team for pre-game ceremonies and then watches the game from the sidelines. The team also helped provide lunches for the Lighthouse Shelter and dinners for the Ronald McDonald House. They also had almost 100% participation in the Dance-a-thon and were instrumental in helping the fundraiser be so successful.