Five locals are 2020-2021 Positive Athlete Georgia award winners

According to an announcement on Wednesday, May 26, five people from Emanuel’s three area high schools have received awards from Positive Athlete Georgia for the East Region for 2020-2021.

David Emanuel Academy’s Rylie Rowland was the region’s honoree for baseball.

Swainsboro High School’s Erin Hood was the region’s honoree for girls multi-sport while Monica Pace was the region’s honoree for girls coach.

Emanuel County Institute’s Brooks Collins was the region’s honoree for boys coach, and Emma Mason was the region’s honoree for girls track and field.

In addition to Emanuel, the East Region is comprised of Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes counties. Twenty-eight individuals from those areas were dubbed region winners.

Positive Athlete Georgia has eight other regions. A total of 254 people across the state were among the final cut.

For the past seven years, Positive Athlete Georgia, an organization started by former UGA football star and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, has celebrated high school student-athletes and coaches who give back, are involved in their schools and communities, overcome difficult circumstances, and embody the organization’s seven definitions of a positive athlete: having an optimistic attitude, encouraging teammates, having a servant leader, having heart for others, admitting imperfections, always giving 100 percent, and putting the team first.

As an extension of the program, Positive Athlete has awarded college scholarships to high school seniors in Georgia and five other states based on character rather than athletic abilities. Over $250,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the Georgia program’s inception while some $400,000 in scholarship funds have been disbursed as a whole.

Athletes are nominated by parents, coaches, teachers, administrators, or fans of high school student-athletes in grades nine through 12.

A few of Positive Athlete Georgia’s partners include Delta, the Georgia High School Association, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, Spark, the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Dream, the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta United FC, the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, CBB, the Power of Peace Project, and the College Football Hall of Fame.

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