SSA Graduate Wins Positive Athlete Award and Scholarship

Ezekyel Roberts and Hines WardEzekyel Roberts, a recent 2018 graduate of Shady Side Academy, was one of 30 Western Pennsylvania high school student-athletes who were recipients of the 2017-2018 Positive Athlete Award. Roberts and the other winners were honored at a ceremony on June 12 at the Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh. Each winner received a $500 C. Harper Scholarship, and the awards were presented by Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward.

Roberts was the Positive Athlete Award winner for the sport of boys track & field. He also won The Wilson Group Positive Solutions Award, a $1,000 college scholarship given to a student-athlete who has helped others on their team, school and/or community create a positive solution to a difficult situation.

Positive Athlete is an organization started by Ward that awards college scholarships to high school student-athletes based more on their character than athletic performance. Nominees must display "excellence on the field," as well as "an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing that the team is more important than the individual." Over $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded since 2011. Learn more at

Roberts will attend the University of Pittsburgh next year to study engineering.

Congratulations, Ezekyel!

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