The Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club 2017 Dave Shea Sportsmanship Award was presented to long time club member Cale Sargent at an awards ceremony held on June 23rd.  Cale is going into his senior year at OFA and was honored based on his participation and respect of staff and fellow members.  Other finalists recognized were Nick Davison, Hunter Hamilton, Dylan Irvine, Brogan LaRose, Olivia Merrill, Bryce Redmond, Brei Shaver, Emily Jo Sovie & Austin Thornhill.  That evening, the club also honored Connor Badlam as the Youth of the Year.  Connor is a ten year member of the club who recently competed for state honors in Albany.  Along with being interviewed by judges, Connor was required to obtain letters about his character from teachers, club staff and family.  When speaking about the club Connor said, "I grew up at the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club, it is my home away from home.  I don't know where I would be in my life right now if it wasn't for the staff at my club, they have always been a pillar for me to lean on.  Even when things were tough in my life, the club was not.  Now as I am older, it is my turn to give back and mentor younger club members.  Being the local Youth of the Year has been a dream of mine for a long time and I am very honored that I was chosen.  Other honorees for the evening included Brei Shaver who won the Russ McDonald Service Award for her service to the club and community, members Connor Badlam and Dominic Molinari were the recipients of the J. Russell Philips Scholarship Award which is given to graduating seniors who have stayed active in the club.  Also, Olivia Merrill received the Anne Lynch Basketball Scholarship Award, Camden Javier was awarded the Keith Knowlton Table Tennis Award for his love of ping pong and the club also recognized the top Stride Academy members this year.  Andy Manke was recognized with the 3rd Annual Peg LaVigne Volunteer Award.

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