ACS Athens community is very proud that the boys varsity team won the recent ISST basketball championship, for the second year in a row. "While this is a significant achievement, an individual award received by the same ACS Athens player, Jason Papadopoulos, for the second year in a row is an unmatched accomplishment," said Annie Constantinides, ACS Athens Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Coach. "He truly was an excellent ambassador of our school in the world of ISST ...a young man with strong ethics, character - a true leader" she said.
The Scott Baillie Award is given to student athletes who expemplify personal and athletic qualities such as intense and consistent effort, composure and confidence, emotional control without losing competitive effort, and ability to concentrate on playing the best basketball possible regardless of the score or result. "Demonstrating Ethos and Leadership as an athlete is quite as important, if not more, as winning the ISST tournament as a team. Winning twice in 2 years as an individual, is truly showcasing the qualities of consistency and dedication to the ACS Athens values,” said Dr. Gialamas, President of the school.
About the Scott Baillie Award (Boys Division I Tournament)
The Scott Baillie Award, honoring the memory of Scott Baillie, a deceased student/athlete from the American School in London, is awarded to the male basketball player in the Division I championships who best demonstrates those personal qualities held by the late Scott Baillie. The Scott Baillie Award is a permanent trophy supplied by the American School in London.
The words of John Wooden best describe this award: “The player who gives his best is sure of success, while the player who gives less than his best is a failure.”
Criteria for selection for the award:
- The player must demonstrate intense, consistent effort while enjoying the competitive nature of basketball.
- The player must play with poise, composure and confidence.
- The player must demonstrate emotional control without losing competitive effort.
- The player must demonstrate the ability to concentrate on playing the best basketball possible regardless of the score or result.
The awards are selected by the coaches through a ballot process.