AMIkids Donaldsonville brings home the Sportsmanship Award

Allison B. Hudson

Nine AMIkids Donaldsonville students from Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes earned their way to the AMIkids 2011 Summer Challenge Event (an Olympic Style event) held in Orangeburg, South Carolina at South Carolina State University May 23-27, 2011.  Male and female students from AMIkids Programs located in eight states (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia) participated in the Girls 400, 100 yd dash, 200 yd run, 4x440 relay, 6 x600 relay, one mile run, boys 50 yd freestyle swim, girls 25 yd freestyle swim, individual lifesaving,  tug o war, obstacle course, standing broad jump and volleyball.  The students also competed in a First Aid Relay, Marlinspike Relay, Science Fair contest, Speech contest, a Group Challenge and an Academic Quiz Bowl.

AMIkids Donaldsonville 2011 Summer Challenge Team was awarded the Sportsmanship trophy for Non-Residential Programs known as the Judge Orlando Sportsmanship Trophy.  This trophy is given to the team that demonstrates the qualities and conduct befitting a sportsman. All players participate and whether they win or lose they continue to play together.  After play is over, it should be hard to tell whether the team won or lost.  If a team member is down, the rest builds him/her back up.

Kiva G. was awarded the Bright Future Award.  This award recognizes an individual or group of students who demonstrate bravery, courage, passion and perseverance or carry out an accomplishment, deed, performance or action that significantly impacts the face and overall goals of the Challenge Event. Key Word: Genuine!

AMIkids Donaldsonville’s staff also received coveted awards.  Adonis Reed, Physical Education Instructor, was awarded an Outstanding Coach’s Award and Andrea Johnson, Case Manager, was awarded an Outstanding Staff award for their hard work during this 2011 Summer Olympic style challenge. 

“I cannot say it enough… This is what the staff at AMIkids Donaldsonville does everyday blending education with sports, culture, life skills and experiential education, creating a balance with the body, will and mind of our students showing them that there is a better way”  said Sheriff Waguespack, Board Chairman. “We are definitely separating a troubled past…from a bright future.”