The Men's Club hosted a banquet to honor this year's varsity and junior varsity student-athletes. Coaches and athletes from every sport were well-represented at the event. Highlights of the evening included a inspirational address by keynote speaker Butch Reynolds and the presentation of the Father Winkler and Peg Will Awards.
Butch Reynolds addressed the 7th and 8th grade student-athletes and their families, sharing moving stories about his rise to fame as a world-record holder and inspirational wisdom he gained from his life experiences as a world-record holding athlete, Olympic competitor and medal-winner, coach, and parent. Mr. Reynolds encouraged everyone in attendance to "always do your best." The gold and silver medals Mr. Reynolds won in the 1988 Olympics were passed around the room. Mr. Reynolds joked that letting all the students touch his medals brings him good luck!
Following speeches by individual coaches from all sports, eighth grade student-athletes Brendan McGinn, Vincenzo Frissora, and Amy Emswiler were honored at the St. Timothy Athletic Association with the Father Winkler and Peg Will Awards.
The Father Winkler Award, named for our founding parish priest, is presented to the eighth grade male athlete who displays leadership both on and off the court or field as well as a dedication to athletics. This year's award was presented by Deacon Marion Smithberger to two male students: Brendan McGinn and Vincenzo Frissora.
The Peg Will Award, named for our founding principal, is presented to the eighth grade female athlete who best displays characteristics of leadership, scholarship, and athletics. This was the first year that the award was not personally presented by Mrs. Will, who passed away earlier this year. Principal George Mosholder delivered a moving tribute to Mrs. Will before presenting the award to Amy Emswiler.
Larger-than-life jerseys honoring both Father Winkler and Peg Will were unveiled and will be on display in our gymnasium. Congratulations to this year's award winners and all seventh and eighth grade student athletes for an outstanding job this year!