MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY — For the sixth consecutive year, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center hosted student-athletes from member schools of the Super Essex Conference along with their families and coaches for a celebration of the qualities that made Yogi a national treasure. Recipients of the Investors Bank Best Teammate Award exemplify the strength of character, sportsmanship and supportive spirit that, though often unheralded, are vital to a team’s success.
“The recipients of the Best Teammate Award display the supportive, respectful dedication to team and sport that defined Yogi Berra as an athlete and a person,” said Eve Schaenen, the museum’s executive director. “The Museum is all about sustaining Yogi’s legacy and the ideals he lived by his entire life, both on and off the field. We are proud to recognize young people who are living up to the high standards he set for us all.
And we’re very grateful to Investors Bank for helping make the experience possible for these exceptional student-athletes.”
The winners, selected by their respective athletic departments, enjoyed a celebratory banquet before hearing from special guest speaker Holly Gera, Director of Athletics at Montclair State University (MSU). An alumna of Montclair State, Gera has been associated with the school for 26 years, including over two decades in her current position.
During her tenure, Gera has been responsible for many positive developments for the Red Hawks, including the construction of MSU Soccer Park and the MSU Softball Stadium. Gera has served as the President and Past President of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators and was a member of the NCAA Division III Championships Committee from 2011 to 2015.
Gera saluted the 2018 Best Teammate Award recipients in her remarks, stating: “Best teammates keep us honest and make us appreciate everyone’s talents. Best teammates play hard but with integrity. Best teammates make all of us better.”
Investors Bank President and CEO Kevin Cummings explained his ongoing support of the event: “Each year, we look forward to meeting the outstanding student-athletes that earn the Best Teammate Award by making positive and significant contributions to their teams and schools. The bank knows the value of teamwork because our inspired employees are one of the key reasons we continue to grow, innovate, and succeed in a highly competitive marketplace. We are grateful and honored to recognize each exceptional teammate – student-athletes who often arrive early for practice, stay late and do their best both on and off the field to achieve notable goals.”
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center is a nonprofit sports education organization on the campus of Montclair State (NJ) University. The Museum’s mission is to preserve and promote the values of perseverance, respect, sportsmanship and excellence through inclusive, culturally diverse, sports-based educational exhibits and programs.
“We are grateful and honored to recognize each exceptional teammate – student-athletes who arrive early for practice, stay late and do their best both on and off the field to achieve notable goals, ”said Investors Bank President & CEO Kevin Cummings.
The 2018 Investors Bank Best Teammate Award Recipients:
ARTS HS – MARVIN WORTHY
BARRINGER HS – TY-NAJAH PEPPERS
BELLEVILLE HS – SANTINO IMPARATO
BLOOMFIELD HS – JACKIE GIUNTA
BLOOMFIELD TECH – ELIANA RIVERA
CALDWELL HS – SHAUN RAUSCHENBERGER
CEDAR GROVE HS – ALEX LO PRESTI
CENTRAL HS – YARELIS VALENTIN
COLUMBIA HS – LAUREN YELNER
CHRIST THE KING PREP – JEAN MORA
EAST ORANGE CAMPUS – IMMYOURI ETIENNE
EAST SIDE HS – GEORGE MONTERO
GLEN RIDGE HS – MORGAN CONNAGHAN
GOLDA OCH ACADEMY – NINA ROBINS
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – ANGELO GILOT
IRVINGTON HS – NIFELLIE KNIGHTS
LIVINGSTON HS – EDWARD KASMIN
MILLBURN HS – ANTHONY PACE
MONTCLAIR HS – DANIEL BANKS
MONTCLAIR KIMBERLY ACADEMY – NICO ESPINOSA-DICE
NEWARK ACADEMY – BRADY SHEAFFER
NORTH 13TH STREET TECH – CRISTIAN DIAZ
NUTLEY HS – VICTORIA PALMIERI
ORANGE HS – KENIA LUNA
SAINT VINCENT ACADEMY – MIRANDA ALICEA
SETON HALL PREP – COLE KIRST
TECHNOLOGY HS – VICTOR DIAZ
UNIVERSITY HS – ABRIELLE SCREVEN
VERONA HS – MAGGIE KOUSOULOU
WEEQUAHIC HS – VICTORIA ROE
WEST ESSEX HS – GABRIELLA FERROVECCHIO
WEST ORANGE HS – ANANT NARAIN
WEST SIDE HS – DESTINY HAWKINS
Source: EIN Presswire