5 Henrico student-athletes win scholarships at awards dinner

Five Henrico student-athletes were among 20 from the region honored with scholarships at the Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner at The Jefferson Hotel June 5.

The program, now in its 26th year, honors local scholar-athletes for their athletic, academic and extracurricular achievements. Since the program's inception in 1992, more than $1 million in scholarship money has been awarded to 514 outstanding student-athletes from the Richmond region.

Top honors and $7,500 scholarships went to Dillon Powell of Midlothian High School and Alyse Armentrout of Atlee High School. The $5,000 runner's up scholarships went to Antonio Balducci of Hanover High School and Morgan Lewis from Veritas School.

The five Henrico honorees – and 11 other students – each earned $2,500 scholarships. The Henrico winners were: Rebecca Fagan, Glen Allen HS; Jack McSorley, Freeman HS; Waleed Suliman, Freeman HS; Bashir Mosavel-Lo, Deep Run HS; and Nina Sorkin, Deep Run HS.

The awards ceremony began with a special tribute to Everette "Buddy" Allen, a long-time supporter of Sports Backers and the Scholar-Athlete program, who died May 29 after a long illness. Allen was an honors student and decorated athlete at John Marshall High School and a 1962 graduate of Randolph-Macon College, where he also played football, basketball and baseball. He later was inducted into the R-MC Athletics Hall of Fame.

After graduating from Randolph-Macon, he pursued a law degree from the University of Virginia and spent his entire career as an attorney in Richmond, becoming a well-known and well-respected litigator. Allen had a staunch desire to recognize outstanding scholar-athletes and followed that up with financial support and significant gifts, encouraging the creation of an endowment program to build up the long-term support of the scholarships.

HCA Virginia Sports Medicine also presented its male and female Comeback Athletes of the Year at the dinner. The awards recognize high school athletes who have overcome major injuries or illnesses during their careers and returned to playing their sports. The male winner was Hunter Edmonds, a football player at Cosby, and the female winner was Emily Jacob, a basketball and soccer player at Atlee. They each received a $1,000 scholarship and a $500 donation to their schools.

Williams Mullen will also be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the male and female Teams of the Year as well as a $500 scholarship to the runner-up teams. These winners will be announced at the conclusion of the spring sports season.

Henrico Business Bulletin Board

July 2017
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