(Tampa, FL) —The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board is
proud to announce that Bryan Lacruz, a senior from Leto High School has
received the “March Student Athlete of the Month” award. The
mission of the Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award is to celebrate outstanding
high school student athletes and coaches throughout Hillsborough County.
Bryan was presented with the award as well as a $1,000 check to be donated
to the school’s athletic department during a surprise presentation
on Wednesday, April 9th at Leto High School.
Aaron Killips, Leto’s soccer coach, nominated Bryan because he is
a true example of a committed and hardworking student athlete. He explained
that Bryan is an exceptional leader who is looked up to by his teammates.
A testament to his leadership capabilities, Bryan was selected as captain
of the soccer team and has been a three year varsity starter.
In addition to athletics, Bryan is committed to making a difference in
the community. He has volunteered more than 300 hours throughout high
school with programs including Toys for Tots and Relay for Life and he
also mentors 3rd and 4th grade Hispanic students. Despite his busy schedule,
Bryan makes academics his top priority and has maintained an excellent
GPA. He plans to attend the University of South Florida after graduation
to major in the medical field.
“It was an absolute pleasure to help present the March Award to Bryan.
This program was created to honor students who strive to make a difference
and he is certainly deserving of the recognition,” says Jackie Coleman,
Director of Communications for Vanguard Attorneys. “We look forward
to seeing him at the End of the Year Awards Banquet.”
The third annual Swope, Rodante Vanguard End of the Year Awards Banquet
is taking place on
at The Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. More than 100 student athletes, coaches, city officials and members of
the Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Committee are expected to attend the
celebration. Keynote speaker and co-host of The Ron & Ian Show Ian
Beckles will honor the achievements, community involvement and outstanding
performances of this year’s nominated student-athletes and coaches.
Banquet guests will celebrate an outstanding year over dinner and entertainment.
During the event, the committee will announce the two winners of the Coach
of the Year Awards, who will receive $1,000 each, and the overall student
athlete winner of the Swope, Rodante Vanguard MVP Award, who will receive $500.
ABOUT THE SWOPE, RODANTE VANGUARD AWARD
Each month of the school year, The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection
Committee recognizes the “Student Athlete of the Month.” The
winning student receives an award recognizing his/her achievements as
well as a $1,000 check that is donated to their school’s athletic
department in honor of their outstanding performance. Student Athletes
of the Month are also eligible to be named the overall “Student
Athlete MVP” at the end of the year and receive a check that is
applied towards their college tuition.
The Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award also recognizes outstanding coaches.
At the end of each school year, two coaches – one male and one female
coach –are recognized for their remarkable contributions, both on
and off the field. Each Coach of the Year is presented with $1,000 as
a way of thanking them for their commitment to making a positive impact
in the community.
REQUIREMENTS FOR NOMINATED STUDENTS
- The student athlete’s name and year (juniors and seniors only);
- Current overall GPA (GPA of 3.0 or above);
- Sport and athletic achievements;
- Community involvement;
- Any hardships overcome by the student athlete; and
- Plans for continuing education.