Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award-Detail

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Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award-Detail
Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award-Detail

Abbie Jackson
Charles Wright Academy / University of Houston

    2019 Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award

    Abbie Jackson - Charles Wright Academy

    Stan Naccarato was known as "Mr. Tacoma," and he was involved in nearly everything in town. He was a two-time TAC President, saved professional baseball in Tacoma, and raised dollars needed to finance the bond issue that gave us "A Dome of our Own." He was the emcee of the Golden Gloves for 68 years, and he asked for your "oohs and aahs" at the annual 4th of July Shows for 21 years. In his honor, this year's Stan Naccarato's Sports and Civic Betterment Scholarship goes to Abbie Jackson of Charles Wright Academy. Abbie's commitment to excellence on the volleyball court and her dedication to finding a cure for Hydrocephalus by raising $20,000 during her high school career was truly extraordinary.

    Abbie's volleyball coach writes, "What stands out most about Abbie is her love of the sport of Volleyball and her passion for wanting to help others. She has been an incredible example of an all-around student-athlete here at Charles Wright Academy. She maintains a high academic standard and is enrolled in many Advanced Placement classes in her senior year. Abbie led a "Dig for the Cure" Hydrocephalus matches for the past four years. In the process, she raised over $20,000 for research. Her attitude and coachability are extraordinary. It's not often that you run across a high school player with this much talent that has an insatiable desire to listen and learn even more."
    "Abbie's play and leadership has helped Charles Wright make school history multiple times during her career and achieve some significant team accomplishments. In her freshman year, we made state for the first time in school history and placed 6th. In Abbie's sophomore year, CWA won their first district championship and returned to the state tournament. Her junior year, the Tarriers won the league and district championships and another trip to state. Finally, her Senior year, the team won league and district titles and made it to the championship match placing second. Abbie has been an incredible driving force for the direction of our program. She has left a huge and positive impact on her teammates, coaches, officials, and fans."

    Beyond the court, Abbie is a member of the Green Key Club (Student ambassador group on campus), WE day club (community service club), an Editor of the School's Yearbook, and has organized and implemented a significant fundraiser that has taken place all four years of her high school career. "Dig For the Cure Hydrocephalus" was Abbie's idea, and she continued it through her four years. She sold t-shirts and bracelets and advertised at school and in the local community. The money collected went to the Hydrocephalus Association and Seattle Children's Hospital to fund research for a cure for this disease. Abbie hopes to work with special needs children in the future, and she is looking at specializing in occupational therapy. Her passion and great desire to help others is remarkable.
    Stan Naccarato Sports and Civic Betterment Award-Detail