The Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute has announced the winners of the first annual High School Sportsmanship Award, a local scholarship program sponsored by the Aria Health Foundation, developed to recognize those high school athletes who embody sportsmanship on and off the field. In its inaugural year, the program has selected 21 student athletes from high schools represented in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks County and South Jersey.

The selected student athletes are true champions of sportsmanship who have consistently displayed outstanding qualities such as demonstrating respect and courtesy for teammates, coaches and opponents; practicing fairness while playing; and encouraging teammates to exhibit these same qualities, while also promoting fun on the field. Shining examples of student athletes honored by the Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute High School Sportsmanship Award include:

“The Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute developed the High School Sportsmanship Award as a way to shine a light on the importance of sportsmanship and positive play during a time when immense competitive pressure is put on young athletes,” said Arthur R. Bartolozzi, MD, director of sports medicine and orthopaedic surgeon at the Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute. “We are proud to honor these students who value sportsmanship, respect their fellow athletes and demonstrate the qualities that will help them succeed well beyond their years as competitive athletes.”

To learn more about these "good sports," check out the gallery of winner profiles below.

George Alston

Name: George Alston
High School: William Tennent High School
Sports Played: Football and Basketball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

I believe that everybody should be respected and show respect both on and off the court. It is also important for me to show sportsmanship because that is how I would like to be treated, win or lose.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned that anything can be achieved through hard work and determination. Most of my goals throughout high school have been with sports, and it has further shown me the road I need to take to be successful.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I would like to make this a season to remember for my teammates and me by making the playoffs and competing for a league championship. After I graduate high school, I would like to go to a four-year college and pursue a degree in criminology.

Taylor Champ

Name: Taylor Champ
High School: MaST Community Charter School
Sports Played: Basketball and Soccer

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it builds confidence and gives value to all players. With these qualities, it makes the game more enjoyable.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

From playing sports, I have learned that you cannot possibly do everything by yourself. You have to rely on your teammates. I have also learned that everyone has something to offer regardless of skill level.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I hope to continue playing soccer and basketball in college. I would like to major in zoo science or animal biology. Both of these majors would lay the foundation for me to apply to veterinarian school and pursue my dream of becoming a zoo veterinarian.

Nicole Cripps

Name: Nicole Cripps
High School: Archbishop Wood High School
Sports Played: Volleyball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it is going to impact the way I act every day. If I show good sportsmanship on the court, these qualities will transfer into the real world.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

Life lessons I have learned from playing sports include learning discipline, overcoming failure, understanding sacrifice, respecting leadership, valuing teamwork and becoming better with time management.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My athletic goals are to stay involved with volleyball by coaching one day and to share my love of sports with special needs athletes to help them feel accepted in society. My educational goals are to study hard and to become a physical therapist.

Jeff Days

Name: Jeff Days
High School: Philadelphia Academy Charter High School
Sports Played: Basketball and Tennis

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it allows players to play with the necessary intensity and be friendly afterwards.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I’ve learned how to tolerate and work with different types of people, whether they are teammates or opponents.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I intend to earn a four-year degree at a university while majoring in engineering. Eventually, I will want to earn my master’s and my doctorate degree. My athletic goals are modest. My goal in each of the sports I play is to make the playoffs.

Patrick Donahue

Name: Patrick Donahue
High School: Holy Ghost Preparatory High School
Sports Played: Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it requires polite, fair and honest behavior. Sportsmanship enables an individual to be truthful.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned to never give up, accept discomfort with open arms, and pursue greatness by participating in athletics. By playing sports, I have been able to adapt, grow and succeed in unfamiliar, and at times, uncomfortable situations.

What are your athletic and academic goals?

I hope to keep growing and leading as a runner in college, and to continue my hard work and determination. Academically, I want to attend a college where I will continue to be a curious and passionate student.

Arnold Gonzalez

Name: Arnold Gonzalez
High School: Community Academy of Philadelphia
Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball and Soccer

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship shows that even though two teams compete, they both can get along.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I’ve learned you can’t always win, but you can always get better at what you do as long as you put in the time and effort. There is always room for improvement.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My athletic goal is to be a better player than the previous year and to break not only my records, but the records others have set. I would also like to further my knowledge by going to college.

E’drise Hightower

Name: E’drise Hightower
High School: Tacony Academy Charter High School
Sports Played: Basketball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it helps demonstrate teamwork, team spirit and playing as one unit for a common purpose.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned to always stay humble. It has also taught me to stay strong, strive harder and never give up.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I would like to further my education with a full basketball scholarship. I would like to attend a four-year college and use everything I have learned from sports in everything I do. I want to strive for overall success and make my family proud of me.

Ani Javardian

Name: Ani Javardian
High School: Villa Joseph Marie High School
Sports Played: Basketball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Without sportsmanship, I do not see the point of being a part of a team. Sportsmanship is everything from making sure your teammates stay positive to helping the opposing team get up when they fall.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned that everything must be earned with hard work and dedication, and that nothing is handed to you. I have also learned that failing is the best way to get better at what you do.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I plan on attending Syracuse University as an undergraduate student and then attend law school so that I can one day represent players as an international sports agent for basketball players from around the world. I intend to join Syracuse University’s club basketball team and play basketball for the Pan-Armenian Games in Armenia in four years.

Taylor Lanzillo

Name: Taylor Lanzillo
High School: Haddon Township High School
Sports Played: Lacrosse and Football

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me as it shows respect for the game you are playing, but also respect for everyone who is a part of the game, such as teammates, coaches and referees. Playing sports has been a huge part of my life, which is why the least I can do as an athlete is have respect and sportsmanship on the field and off.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I’ve learned what it feels like to be a part of something bigger than me. I’ve learned to communicate with others and also teach others. I could go on for hours about how sports have taught me life lessons, but in an overall view, sports have taught me that life is a game and the more effort and commitment you put into it, the more you will get out of it.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My educational goals are to graduate high school with a 3.5 GPA and to attend North Greenville University in South Carolina. At North Greenville, I will be majoring in sports management. My athletic goals are to finish high school playing varsity football and lacrosse, while serving as captain for both teams. During and after college, I intend to teach youth about the game of lacrosse and to coach lacrosse and/or football.

William McCarthy

Name: William McCarthy
High School: Father Judge High School
Sports Played: Soccer

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

To me, it is showing respect on and off the field to referees, coaches, players, etc. It’s not about winning or losing, but just playing and doing your best. Another part that is important to me is to never disrespect nor brag after a win or loss and always be humble.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned to work as hard as possible in anything I do, as well as to overcome adversities. By being a team player and developing communication skills, I’ve also learned to take feedback from people and coaches, react the right way to it, and implement their feedback into my game.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My first athletic goal is to play soccer in college and hopefully receive a Division 1 scholarship. Next would be to win the 2016 State Championship for my club soccer team and to be back-to-back champions. I would like to graduate and receive a college degree. I would also like to keep my GPA above a 3.5 throughout college since I am an honors student in high school and have high expectations for myself.

Jarrett Patman

Name: Jarrett Patman
High School: Conwell Egan Catholic High School
Sports Played: Baseball, Basketball and Football

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is a necessity to me because everyone deserves to enjoy and respect the game he or she partakes in.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned how to cooperate with other people. I have also learned how to put my all into things that matter to me.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I would like to graduate in four years from college and then go back for my master’s degree. I would like to play college baseball or football.

Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos

Name: Janmarilyn Ramirez-Matos
High School: Jules E Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical School
Sports Played: Volleyball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it keeps me active in my daily life and it helps me learn how to work with other people around me.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

The life lesson I learned by playing sports is that you have to learn how to work with other people around you because life at times is about teamwork and how well you work with others.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My athletic goal is to pursue playing volleyball at the next level of competition in college. My long term goal is to always stay active in sports throughout my life. My educational goals are to attend college and pursue a career in physical therapy. I am motivated to help people heal from injuries.

Miranda Ruk

Name: Miranda Ruk
High School: Arts Academy at Benjamin Rush
Sports Played: Basketball and Softball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship, to me, is respecting yourself, your teammates, your opponents, your coach and the game. It’s giving the game your all and walking away with pride no matter what the outcome is because you played your heart out. You play for more than just yourself; you play for your team. You play for the laughs, the high-fives, the fun and simply, just the opportunity to play.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for playing sports. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned from playing sports is teamwork. You learn to help your teammates and in return, your teammates help you. I have also learned that practicing and preparing are essential to any game.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My athletic goals are to hopefully play softball at a college level, and if not, I will definitely participate in an intramural league. Eventually, I would like to start coaching a softball team. My long-term educational goal is to get my bachelor’s degree in nursing. My short-term goal is to continue to have good grades in high school. My goal is to continue being an honor student in college and one day become a successful nurse.

Denise Sacco

Name: Denise Sacco
High School: Morrisville High School
Sports Played: Basketball and Softball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because you can maintain the integrity of the game, honor your opponent, show courage, play a positive role and respect the officials.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

Sports have taught me to be respectful and to be a leader, as well as understand the importance of hard work, dedication, and time management. Sports have also taught me to take the positive out of negative things.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I plan to attend a four-year college after high school, and to play basketball at the collegiate level.

Katelyn Santana

Name: Katelyn Santana
High School: Bristol High School
Sports Played: Basketball, Field Hockey and Softball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it shows a level of respect for the people you are playing against. It’s almost like the Golden Rule; treat others the way you want to be treated.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

In playing sports, I have learned that you can’t always be the best and that is okay. I have also learned that you should continue to work hard and be the best that you can possibly be.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My athletic goals are to play any game and every game like it is my last, and to give each game everything I have because my very best is what my coach and teammates deserve from me. My educational goals include attending college to achieve a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Olivia Sargent

Name: Olivia Sargent
High School: Pennsbury High School
Sports Played: Cross Country and Track & Field

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it allows me to connect and form bonds with fellow athletes who display the same values, aspirations, discipline and respect for others and one’s self.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned to be respectful of authority, to play by the rules, to be humble in victory and defeat, that the friendships one makes along the way are everlasting, and to take everything one step at a time. Life’s a journey, not a destination, and I feel this saying can be applied to my life and my passion for running.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I have officially committed to the University of Virginia to continue my athletic and academic career. I plan to enroll in UVA’s College of Arts and Sciences or the Curry School of Education/Kinesiology. I would like to continue to grow and progress as a runner. As I prepare to move on to the college level, I hope to gain more knowledge about this sport and use my education to help myself succeed at a national level.

Jacob Small

Name: Jacob Small
High School: Franklin Towne Charter High School
Sports Played: Cross Country and Track & Field

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it has taught me to be less selfish because one person can’t be the only light on a team. Therefore, sportsmanship has taught me to support and see the strengths of other teammates outside of competition.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

The life lesson that I have learned from playing sports is that hard work and determination pays off. Also, I have learned that the bonds between teammates make the sport better.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I would like to crush my personal records in the upcoming season, and then be able to take my athletics onto college where I will be able to learn how to compete at the collegiate level. My educational goal is to go to college to learn what I like to do.

Lucy Smith

Name: Lucy Smith
High School: Northeast High School
Sports Played: Soccer

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

I believe sportsmanship is a part of every aspect of life. Meeting someone who has sportsmanship is very encouraging and having these qualities will help people to improve themselves and their skills.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned how to better work as a team member and how to communicate with a larger group of people.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

I plan to go to a four-year college or university and double major in music education and music performance. When I go to college, I plan to participate in a club rowing team.

Brandon Teel

Name: Brandon Teel
High School: New Foundations Charter School
Sports Played: Basketball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it shows respect to yourself, team and your school. Sportsmanship gives you a chance to create a relationship with people in and out of sports.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned a lot from playing sports. The principles of basketball have taught me the importance of following through, holding yourself and your teammates accountable for actions, and most importantly, sticking with activities, tasks and assignments even when they are not easy.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My athletic goals are to finish my high school athletic career by leading my basketball team to a championship. Another goal is to establish a good foundation for the future players who will have the opportunity to wear my school jersey. My educational goal is to go to college and major in athletic training with a minor in sports administration.

Alison Wilson

Name: Alison Wilson
High School: St. Hubert High School
Sports Played: Basketball, Field Hockey and Lacrosse

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship is important to me because it is what holds a team together. Players needs to feel they are a part of the team, whether they are the best player or the worst.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

I have learned to always try my best, believe in myself and to never give up, even when things are not going the way I want them to.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My athletic goals are to play my last year of high school sports to the best of my ability, be a leader and have fun. I plan on working with special needs people, and I will be attending either Penn State Brandywine or Cabrini College.

Kayla Winter

Name: Kayla Winter
High School: Archbishop Ryan High School
Sports Played: Volleyball

Why is sportsmanship important to you?

Sportsmanship allows me to show respect to my opponents and teammates and keep a positive attitude about the sport I am playing even if the game is not going well. It is very important that I stay true to myself when I play by demonstrating many of the qualities I have as a player, such as my motivational skills and ability to show proper conduct. Having good sportsmanship lets me celebrate a win or accept a loss with grace and dignity.

What life lessons have you learned from playing sports?

Playing sports has taught me to always push forward and persevere in achieving my goals even if they are difficult. I have learned to cherish the relationship I have with my teammates by realizing that I am nothing without the people who encourage me and play with me to achieve a common goal.

What are your athletic and educational goals?

My goals as an athlete are to inspire other people to get active and play sports they would enjoy, try my hardest in every game, competition or match I take part in, and practice as hard as I play to become better each day. I also intend to stay active by joining a college or intramural volleyball team and keeping up with my fitness and exercise. I hope to get a dual degree in business and engineering, and then use them to pursue a challenging career.