IMG Academy soccer program's Atticus DeProspo earns award for exemplary athletics, academics and community service
BRADENTON, Fla. (June 21, 2010) - For his achievements in the classroom, on the soccer field and in the community, IMG Academy' junior Atticus DeProspo was named the inaugural winner of the Christian Chalita Memorial Citizenship Award.
The award is in honor of Christian Chalita, an IMG Academy basketball program student who tragically passed away of a heart condition in 2004.
"I am extremely honored to receive this award, especially in honor of Christian Chalita," said DeProspo, a rising senior in the IMG Academy soccer program. "I feel that this award is very special because it embodies the idea of success through hard work in every aspect of life, which is what I truly believe in."
The award will be presented each school year to a full-time IMG Academy' student-athlete who demonstrates exemplary citizenship qualities not only within the parameters of their sport, but also in the areas of academics and community outreach. This award is given in loving memory of a young man who had a passion to succeed in the sport that he loved, to excel in the classroom and to serve as a leader to his peers.Christian was admired, respected and loved by his teammates, classmates, coaches and staff at IMG Academy for his drive and ambition to not only succeed, but to succeed with pride, dignity and integrity.
As well as maintaining a 4.0 GPA and serving as a standout defender for the IMG Academy soccer program U-17 team, DeProspo is an active leader in Student Council. He headed a student-run initiative that raised more than $19,000 for Free the Children, a non-profit that builds schools in impoverished areas of India, as well as helped gather more than 3 tons of athletic apparel and equipment to donate to Goodwill. DeProspo has also volunteered for American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Haiti relief efforts, Special Olympics and more.
"Atticus is an extraordinary young man," said Ash Ghaffari, IMG Academy' Director of Student Services. "He is a resourceful, diplomatic, solution-oriented person, who has frequently found innovative approaches to campus projects. He is well-respected by his peers and administration alike."