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Celebration of Champions
Presented By ESL Federal Credit Union


Photos by Joe Territo

2023 Award Winners

Local Athlete of the Year Award

Jalen Pickett, Penn State Nittany Lions Point Guard

Major Donald Holleder Lifetime Achievement Award

Gary Ward, Wheatland-Chili Girl's Soccer Coach

Charlie Wagner & Christine Wagner Welch Founder Award

Bob McVean, RIT Men's Basketball Coach

Elliot Cushing Award

Maia Chaka, NFL First Black Female Official, Graduate of Edison Career and Technology High School

ESL Press-Radio Coach of the Year

Chris Baudo, Nazareth College Women's Hockey Coach, United Collegiate Head Conference Coach of the Year 2021-2022

Gary Smith & George Beahon Sports Media Award

Bob Chavez, Canandaigua-Messenger Sports Editor

Jean Giambrone Award

Kristine Shanley, University of Rochester Associate Director of Facility and Varsity Operations, Graduate of SUNY Brockport

Morrie Silver Award

Joe Seil, Retired Nazareth College Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director

Jerry Flynn Female College Award

Katie Titus, University of Rochester Basketball, Graduate of Our Lady of Mercy High School

Rich Funke Jr. College Male Award

Daniel Cook, St. John Fisher University Basketball, Graduate of Pittsford Mendon High School

Press-Radio Club Female High School Award

Camryn Cole, Webster Schroeder High School Indoor & Outdoor Track and Field

Press-Radio Club Male High School Award

Jackson Green, Pittsford Mendon High School Football and Basketball

Eddie & Kevin Meath Press-Radio Club Member Service Award

Debra Salmon, Club President, Vice President of the Al Sigl Foundation

Rochester Press-Radio Hometown Heroes

Sports Medicine Concepts, Avon, NY, recognized for sports emergency care training to medical teams

Congratulations to all our award recipients and supportive family and friends!


Celebration of Champions

*Children under three years old that do not need a seat for themselves or their belongings are no charge

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Rochester Press-Radio Club

P.O. Box 18514

Rochester, NY 14618

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