Local athlete receives sportmanship award
The Ocean City (Md.) Recreation & Parks Department held its 3rd Annual Sportsmanship Ceremony on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at which it recognized several youth athletes participating in the department’s winter-season sports who had “exemplified good sportsmanship” in their respective sports. A select number of participants from boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball and indoor soccer were chosen to receive an award and public recognition at the banquet.
The event also recognized two winners of the Mid-Atlantic Recreation & Parks Sports Association Alliance (MARPSA) 2013 Dennis Callahan Good Sport Award.
Kealey Allison of Selbyville had already attended a special ceremony in Annapolis at which she and Robert “Bob” Frick of Bishopville, Md., received the prestigious Callahan award for their year-round participation in several different sports offered by the OCRPD and exemplary sportsmanship the two exhibited while participating in those sports. Allison participates as an athlete in multiple sports, while Frick has been coaching youth teams since 1987.
The Dennis Callahan Good Sport Awards is a MARPSA-sponsored program providing an opportunity for participating recreation and parks departments to recognize young athletes, coaches and administrators who have modeled “Good Sport” actions and behaviors in local athletics. The Good Sport Award is named after the co-founder of MARPSA and former director of the Anne Arundel County Parks & Recreation Department.
Allison has participated in the OCRPD’s girls’ basketball and indoor soccer programs for the last nine years and has been active in the field hockey program for the last three years. Allison plays lacrosse — her favorite sport — as well as basketball, soccer and field hockey.
“I like playing them. I like being with my friends. And I like learning new things,” she said of her year-round sports participation.
In addition to being active in multiple sports throughout the year, Allison volunteers as much as she can in her free time. She has served as a volunteer for several organizations, including OCRPD, the Freeman Stage at Bayside and St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Ocean City. Allison had a very simple reason for why she volunteers to help others,
“I like seeing other people happy about what I am helping them with. I feel like so many people have helped me in my life I should help them,” Allison explained after the ceremony.
She said she considers the award to be an honor and realizes she is receiving it because she not only participates in several sports but is also sure to always be a good person when playing basketball, soccer and field hockey at OCRPD. Allison said she tries to never let the negativity of certain moments that occur in a contest bring her down and believes her positive attitude and work ethic are a big reason why she won the Good Sport Award.
Allison had a piece of advice for fellow youth athletes: “Just work hard in your practices and, even if other people aren’t being good sports, don’t get caught up in it. Just play.”