Ocean City, MD – (February 27, 2018): On Monday, March 5, at 6 p.m. the 7th Annual Sportsmanship Ceremony will be held at the Northside Park Recreation Complex located on 125th Street & the Bay in Ocean City, MD. The event recognizes youth athletes that have exemplified good sportsmanship throughout the 2017-2018 Ocean City Recreation & Parks (OCRP) winter season at Northside Park. Parents, guardians, OC Recreation Boosters, guests and local dignitaries will be present.
“The Sportsmanship Ceremony is one of my favorite events run by the Department because it’s our opportunity to recognize the youth of our community who understand and display the idea that everyone wins regardless of the score of a game,” OCRP Director Susan Petito said. “The ceremony gives us a chance to showcase the successful outcome of our Department’s efforts to instill sportsmanship in our participants and to reward these deserving athletes for exhibiting a sense of fairness, respect and fellowship to their teammates and competitors.”
At the end of each winter season, the coaches for girls’ basketball, boys’ basketball and indoor soccer are asked to nominate one athlete per team that demonstrates the qualities of good sportsmanship. The athletes chosen each received an award during the ceremony to exemplify their hard work, respect, fairness, integrity, responsibility and perseverance, throughout the season.
The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Recreation and Sports Alliance (MARPSA) Good Sports Player of the Year is Jason Baione-Leiderman, who will be acknowledged during the ceremony. Jason has been participating in Ocean City Recreation & Park’s activities since he was 18 months old in Kiddie Corner. In fact, he has participated in many team sports with the department, such as indoor and outdoor soccer, basketball, tee ball, flag football, and several different summer camps, as well as social activities like Gladiator Dodgeball.
“To say that he has spent a lot of time at Northside Park would be an understatement,” Recreation Manager Al “Hondo” Handy said. “He is always willing to try his best and support his team, as well as display good sportsmanship with other teams. He has developed many valued relationships with peers and staff throughout the years.”
The OCRP Department is also proud to announce that Kevin Henson has been awarded the 2017 MARPSA Good Sports Coach of the Year. Kevin has been a volunteer coach for OCRP for the past five years.
“He is a competitor, but knows how to keep it in perspective,” Hondo said. “He understands our philosophy about sportsmanship and been overheard on more than one occasion reminding players to respect the officials calls.”
Kevin spends many days and nights at the Recreation Department coaching two basketball teams and three soccer teams this past season. He also helps with the Youth Basketball Clinic, as well as coaches his children in other endeavors.
Last but not least the OC Recreation Boosters will bring forward the Volunteer of the Year during Monday evening’s Sportsmanship Ceremony. This year OC Recreation Boosters member Dan Wormann will be receiving the award.
Dan has always diligently participated in all events and fundraising efforts to help raise money for OCRP youth programs including the annual Swing For Youth Golf Open, Springfest and Sunfest, the Halloween Spook Out, Easter Bunny Fun Shop, plus much more.
Dan was elected Vice President of the OC Boosters in 2016, taking on major roles in all events with a good attitude that is infectious.
“Both Dan’s commitment to our mission, and his ‘can do’ attitude brings renewed energy to the Boosters,” OC Boosters President Donna Reid said.
Recreation Superintendent Kate Gaddis couldn’t agree more.
“Dan jumped into volunteering on the Board of the OC Boosters with both feet,” Gaddis said. “He has spent countless hours acquiring donations for the Swing for Youth Golf Tournament that benefits youth programs at Ocean City Recreation & Parks, as well as volunteer coaching in our girls’ basketball league, track and field clinics and anything else we ask him to do.”
When Dan and his wife, Diane, retired to Ocean City last year he carried on a goal to work with young scholar athletes.
“The Rec Boosters have allowed me to support the great Northside Park and its rec programs,” he said. “I am surprised and extremely proud to be named the volunteer of the year.”