Senior Jack Sheridan received quite the surprise on Monday afternoon in front of the CBA Board of Trustees, President Brother Joseph Jozwiak, FSC, Principal Matt Keough, faculty, staff, family, friends, teammates and students from Blessed Sacrament, as Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. presented him with an oversized check in the amount of $20,000 as part of its Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program.
“The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program celebrates and honors outstanding students like Jack who have taken the skills they’ve acquired through sports and applied them to excel academically and become leaders within their communities,” states Richard A. Johnson, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc. “We recognize the tremendous potential of our 20 winners and are deeply committed to providing unique educational opportunities to empower today’s youth to succeed.”
Sheridan was diagnosed with Leukemia in May of 2014. He was nominated as a Wish Kid for the CNY Make-A-Wish foundation. His wish was for a refurbished baseball field, bullpen and batting cage. The field was dedicated last May to longtime CBA baseball coach Tom Dotterer ’53. Sheridan has been the keynote speaker and volunteer fundraiser for Make-A-Wish and many other organizations.
Sheridan is a member of the Brothers Orientation Leadership Team (BOLT), which assists new students in their transition to CBA and Peer Ministry. He will attend Le Moyne College next fall and will pursue a career in law.
“Christian Brothers Academy takes great pride in congratulating Jack Sheridan as the recipient of the Foot Locker Scholar-Athlete Award,” President Brother Joseph Jozwiak, FSC said. “By his perseverance during physically challenging times, his spirit of hopefulness and his unwavering commitment to his school and his team, Jack has demonstrated his worthiness for this great award. We salute Jack for being one of CBA’s champions.”
Now in its sixth year, The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors 20 outstanding student athletes a year with a $20,000 college scholarship for demonstrating academic excellence and exemplifying strong leadership skills both in sports and within their communities. Foot Locker received 37,000 applications.
“Today was sort of a wild day,” Sheridan shared. “I woke up and had to go to the hospital — not the best day — got through it. Then I was looking forward to the game, but the game got cancelled. Little did I know that Foot Locker was going to be here and all the students and faculty were [also] going to be here. Just a crazy day that couldn’t have really ended any better.
He added: “I’d just like to thank Foot Locker so much,” he continued. “College is a financial burden, but to be able to give a large scholarship like that is just going to be so helpful. So, thank you so much.”
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