Nominations sought for Sportsperson of the Year

CLARION The Sportsmanship I Basketball All-Star Game Committeeis looking for nominations for the 2019 Sportsperson of the Year in Western Pennsylvania.

The Sports Person of the Year Award will go to someone who has shown the ideas of sportsmanship throughout his or her career.

Nominations can be submitted to the Clarion County YMCA, Attention Jesse Kelley, 499 Mayfield Road, Clarion, Pa. 16214 or ymcajesse@comcast.net.

Please include the name of the person you are nominating and short letter explaining why you are nominating them.

The Sportsperson of the Year will be named at the annual YMCA Sportsmanship I District 9 boys' and girls' basketball All-Star games being played March 30 at Keystone High School.

Previous winners of the Sports Person of the Year include Greg Heath, Aaron Straub, Larry Wiser, Dr. C. Ronald Galbreath, and many others.

The criteria for "Sportsmanship I" Sportsperson of the year award are:

4The person must demonstrate excellent consistency in the following character traits: sportsmanship, leadership, honesty, trust, integrity, fairness, respect, courtesy, and responsibility.

4The person must be a five-year resident of Western Pennsylvania, must have contributed five years as a player, coach, official or administrator in Western Pennsylvania.

4The person must have contributed five years of excellence in community involvement and must have two letters of recommendation.

The success of this event is guaranteed by the dedication of the Keystone School Administration, Executive Committee, selection committee of players and coaches, donations committee, awards committee, including former Sportsperson's of the year, athletic directors, players, coaches, officials, registration staff, Keystone's clock operator and staff, YMCA's third and fourth grade players, volunteer coaches and parents, media, trainer, 32 shooting staff, Keystone Athletic Director Bill Irwin, and Keystone Superintendent Shawn Algoe.

The "Sportsmanship I" All Star Basketball Games were conceived and initiated in 2000 by Norbert Baschnagel, a former Clarion University health and physical education professor.

The objectives of "Sportsmanship I" are to recognize the outstanding seniors in the boys' and girls' Western Pennsylvania leagues and have them play one last game, raise money for the Clarion County YMCA, and present the Western Pennsylvania "Sportsmanship I" Sportsperson of the year award to the person who emphasizes the true meaning of sportsmanship in our society.

"Over 720 exceptional senior girl and senior boy basketball players, coached by 144 coaches and officiated by 108 officials have participated in this event," said Baschnagel. "Players are selected by the executive committee of 15 members. The executive committee also supervises the logistics of this event.

"Over 640 exceptional senior girl and senior boy basketball players, coached by 128 coaches and officiated by 96 officials have participated in this event. Players are selected by the executive committee of 11 members, four girl and boy coaches from the four District 9 leagues, and two officials from District 9. The executive committee also supervises the logistics of this event."

To date, approximately $118,000 in cash and product has been raised by the executive committee to benefit the Clarion County YMCA, Camp Coffman, and other nonprofit charities over the years including the Fitzgerald Ramp Fund and Clarion P.A.W.S.

Recent "Sportsmanship I" Western Pennsylvania Sportspersons of the Year winners include: Bonnie S. Wolbert (2018); Norbert Baschnagel (2017); Dr. C. Ron Galbreath (2016); Aaron Straub (2015); Greg Heath (2014); Larry Wiser (2013); Frances Mae Shope (2012); Scott Lange (2011); Ronald A. Righter (2010); Jerome A. Bettis (2009); David "Red" Bevevino (2008); Jodi Gault (2007); Richard Pae (2006); Joseph Paterno (2005); Don Stemmerich (2004); Arnold Palmer (2003); and John Joy (2002).