Anthony Dodds, a senior at Aiken College and Career High School, and Brielle Newton, a senior at Hughes High School, were awarded the Monday Night Football ESPN Rise Above Student Athlete Awards for Cincinnati. The award recognizes the accomplishemnts of student athletes who "rise above" obstacles in life to excel in sports.
Anthony has played football, basketball and baseball throughout his high school career, receiving varsity letters and coaches awards. A shoulder injury requiring surgery kept him from participating in football for the 2010 season; however, with therapy and training, Anthony is looking forward to his senior year on the baseball field in the spring. He has been recognized by the Cincinnati Enquirer as an athlete that "shows college and professional potential."
In his personal essay to complete the award competition, Anthony wrote: "Sports, specifically baseball, has been my saving grace. It is more than a sport to me. It is my life in that it gives me inspiration to do well academically. It is an area where I can succeed and be part of a team and make a strong contribution. I look forward to a future that includes academics and baseball."
Brielle is in the top 10 percent of her class academically and helped the Hughes Big Red girls varsity basketball team win the CMAC conference title with a 12-0 record, despite living at a homeless shelter. With her consistently positive attitude, her coaches and teachers had no idea she was homeless until she shared the news.
Congratulations to Anthony and Brielle!