Launched in September 1951 the “Sports Award Program” each week salutes the local high school athlete whose performance on and off the field sets an “outstanding example of achievement and sportsmanship for the youth of Westchester County.”
The original selection process has proven so successful and fair that it remains virtually unchanged today. Each season, four impartial panels of five judges are chosen from among Westchester coaches and athletic directors consisting of a chairman and four members who serve on a rotating basis as the selection committee each week. Each Wednesday during the school year, the panels meet with the program moderator to choose the prestigious “Athlete of the Week.”
Nominating ballots, prepared and submitted by coaches and athletic directors, are reviewed by the panels. Athletic accomplishments from the previous week are prime requisites. However, in making the final choice, the judges weigh many factors including academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, character, school and community activities. Con Edison has no involvement in the selection process.
In addition to the prestige of being names “Athlete of the Week,” the honoree and his/her school receive a framed Sports Award Certificate with the inscription “…for setting an outstanding example of achievement and sportsmanship to the youth of Westchester County.” A highlight for the winner and his/her coach is being interviewed by the program moderator, Bob Wolff, on the “Westchester Scholastic Sports Page” at radio station WFAS. The taped interview is broadcast on WFAS, aired the Friday following selection and is accessible on their web site. Additionally, an article about the winner and his/her accomplishments also appears in the Gannett Journal News.
As the Spring season winds down, Con Edison celebrates all the weekly winners accomplishments at their annual banquet at the Hilton Rye Town. Each student athlete is recognized by moderator Bob Wolff and four scholarships totaling $25,000 are awarded to very deserving scholar athletes.