June 30, 2023
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Athletic trainers of UPMC in North Central Pa. hosted the fourth annual Student Athlete Perseverance Awards (SAPA) and Champions Cup reception honoring this year’s recipients.
“Knowing that we have a part in student athletes’ performances across the region is humbling. We must do our best for them to do their best,” said Michael Ludwikowski, manager, Outreach Athletic Training, UPMC in North Central Pa. “While we can medically treat them with the highest possible quality of care, it’s their positive attitude and commitment that helps contribute to their overall success in overcoming their injuries. These awards are a fun way to recognize their efforts and triumphs.”
Students that earned SAPAs this year showed dedication to a healthy recovery and overcoming an injury to play during the school year. Certified athletic trainers identified and presented the awards to the following athletes:
The Champions Cup is a fun award that is basically setup with a fantasy sports format. Essentially, local schools elect both boys’ and girls’ interscholastic teams who they think will have successful athletics seasons for the upcoming year. Schools that accumulate the most points throughout the year win. This year’s Champions Cup recipients include:Large Division
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Brandon Pardoe, Justin Ross, and Steven “Chip” Sheer, Williamsport Area High School, accept the Champions Cup for the Large Division title.
Chelsea Rieppel and SAPA recipient Benjamin Manning, South Williamsport Jr./Sr. High School, accept the Champions Cup for the Small Division title.