NYSPHSAA, CSEA Now Accepting Nominations for Excelsior Award

Date Posted: 08/28/2018
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications


NYSPHSAA, CSEA Accepting Nominations for Excelsior Award

Recognizing Individuals Who Impact High School Athletics


LATHAM, NY – The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) are now accepting nominations for the 9th Annual Excelsior Award, an honor co-sponsored by both organizations.

”CSEA and NYSPHSAA have had a great partnership over the last nine years and we are once again excited to provide an opportunity for CSEA members in our member schools to be recognized for their hard work through the Excelsior Award,” said Dr. Robert Zayas NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “The previous winners of the Excelsior Award are the lifeblood of high school athletics across New York State, and we look forward to honoring a CSEA member making a difference in their community again in 2018.”

The Excelsior Award was developed through a partnership between NYSPHSAA and CSEA to recognize a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school who has helped promote and foster athletic spirit in their local school district. The award also honors an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication and support of high school athletics in any role as a parent, coach, booster or staff member volunteering or performing above and beyond their daily job in a school. CSEA has been a sponsor of NYSPHSAA’s high school state championships since 2003 and both organizations developed the award in 2010 in honor of CSEA’s 100th Anniversary.

"High school athletics make communities strong," said CSEA President Danny Donohue. "CSEA members who work in school districts play an important role in supporting athletic programs in every part of New York but so do our members who are parents, coaches and boosters too.”

Nominations, which will be accepted through October 12th, can be found online at www.nysphsaa.org.

The 2018 Excelsior Award recipient will be honored at the NYSPHSAA Football Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse November 23rd or 24th.

Previous Excelsior Award Winners:
2017-    Jerry Ireland, Panama Central School
2016-     Jerry Flanagan, Long Lake School District
2015-     Jill Bonesteel, Columbia School District
2014-     Michael Paz, Newburgh Enlarged School District
2013-     Jimmy Colgan, Johnson City School District           
2012-     Gary Van Asselt, Haldane Central School District
2011-    Lisa Vanderburg, Levittown School District
2010-    Judy Young, East Rochester School District

About NYSPHSAA (Twitter: @NYSPHSAA | Facebook: NYSPHSAA | YouTube: NYSPHSAASports):
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.