MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Pomperaug High School students Blake Dawson (athlete) and Chris Gilbertie (partner) were recently awarded the South-West Conference Unified Sports One Athlete-One Partner Leadership Award. This award is given to students from SWC-member schools who have demonstrated commitment, dedication and service to Unified Sports and Activities at their school, in their community and in the South-West Conference.
The award was first presented in 2016.
Blake Dawson was chosen for consistently demonstrating positive team spirit with Unified Sports, always supporting his teammates and sharing in the joy of the sport.
When he took a season off to play on the PHS football team, he maintained his team spirit, regularly emailing the coach to check in and wishing the team luck before all their scheduled games.
Always enjoying the unified spirit, he has offered suggestions for future team events and is described as an “all around nice guy” by all who know him.
Chris Gilbertie has volunteered for Unified Sports, participating as a partner on the court and field and spending countless hours outside of school creating a very realistic electric Olympic torch for the Unified team.
At the start of all the Unified tournaments, all the participating teams join to sing the national anthem and say the Unified Oath.
The torch’s legacy will be used for many upcoming seasons.