Has your team persevered in the face of adversity? Turned tragedy into triumph? Then your school may be eligible to receive $50,000 in all-new uniforms, gear and apparel.
Last year, Buena Vista High School in Colorado endured the tragic loss of assistant football coach Dwayne Johnson and his family and finished the season with an 11-1 record and an appearance in the state semifinals. The strength and courage displayed by the team will be commemorated on the backs of Buena Vista athletes for years to come, because the school was selected to receive the third annual "Fight Like Dylan" award.
Presented by Russell Athletic, the "Fight Like Dylan" award honors a high school athletic program that has demonstrated perseverance and determination through sports. To nominate your team for the fourth annual "Fight Like Dylan" award, visit fightlikedylan.org and submit your entry, explaining how your team overcame a challenge or triumphed in the face of adversity.
Past winners also include Williamsport (Maryland) High School in 2012 and Edmonson County High School in Brownsville, Kentucky, recipient of the inaugural "Fight Like Dylan" award in 2011.
The "Fight Like Dylan" award celebrates the legacy of Dylan Rebeor, the consummate teammate and Columbia (Tennessee) Central High School wide receiver who passed away after a courageous battle with colon cancer.
"Dylan had an extraordinary life and always inspired others while dealing with difficult circumstances," said Heather Rebeor, Dylan's mother. "We're so proud that Dylan's memory and sprit will live on through the Russell Athletic 'Fight Like Dylan' award. He truly cared about others more than himself, and now his legacy will continue with youth sports teams across the country."
Entries for the "Fight Like Dylan" award will be accepted now through Dec. 5 at fightlikedylan.org. The winner will be announced at the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl in late December.