The M Awards recognize up-and-coming "Athletes on a Mission" - high school student-athletes who are exemplary role models in their communities through their service to others. Since its inception in 2011, The M Foundation has recognized more than 40 high school student-athletes throughout the country with The M Award. The M Awards include Bronze Award winners, Silver Award winners, and Gold Award winners. Elite athlete role models including Serena Williams, David Wright, Mia Hamm, Dwayne Wade, George St. Pierre, Dwight Howard, Sarah Haskins, Hunter Kemper, Amanda Beard, Reggie Bush and many others are actively involved in selecting The M Award recipients and promoting their good example.
Presented each year by the foundation's elite professional athletes to celebrate a male and female high school student-athlete's athletic and charitable achievements. This recognition award includes an announcement from The M Foundation and a signed certificate from an elite athlete, as well as a MISSION product kit.
Presented each year by the foundation's elite professional athletes to celebrate a male and female high school student-athlete's athletic and charitable achievements. This recognition award includes an announcement from The M Foundation and a signed certificate from an elite athlete, as well as a MISSION product kit and a $1,000 college scholarship as well as a $1,000 donation to the local charity of the student-athlete's choice.
Presented each year by the foundation's elite professional athletes to celebrate a male and female high school student-athlete's athletic and charitable achievements. This recognition award includes an announcement from The M Foundation and a signed certificate from an elite athlete, as well as a MISSION product kit. In addition, The Gold M Award winner will be recognized by an elite athlete at a special (all expenses paid) presentation event, and will receive a $5,000 check split between a college scholarship and a donation to a charity of their choice.
Erin is involved in serving people in many ways. She launched a service project called Step Forward for Haiti three years ago, collecting thousands of pairs of new shoes to send to people in Haiti. Closer to home, she has worked as a volunteer with the American Health Network (which distributes the shoes she collects for Haiti) to provide free physicals to students at her school. She has also been an avid volunteer at Henry County Day of Caring – and led a school supply drive for the children at the Red Bird Mission in TN (which she was able to deliver herself). During her senior year of high school, she worked with Aeropostale on their Jeans for Teens project, collecting jeans to send them to kids in need.
Erin was Varsity Golf Team Captain and the team’s top Medalist. She holds the women’s record (69) at their home course. She ranked #3 in her class academically, and was elected Class President in each of her high school years. Her teachers say she motivates her classmates to participate in school activities,to participate in class discussions, and to work together. She helps others feel comfortable in any surrounding. Erin twice served as a freshman mentor and was also Vice President of the National Honor Society, which helps coordinate all of her high school’s volunteer programs.
But perhaps her most impressive leadership example was to recover from a string of four concussion injuries in junior high from basketball and cheerleading incidents. While contact sports are now not part of her life, Erin’s injury led her to be an advocate for concussion awareness. She is currently working with the Seeing Stars Foundation to share her concussion story of recovery, and worked to bring the ImPACT program to her school so concussion baseline testing will be available to all students at Knightstown High.
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MISSION is the first and only line of athlete-engineered products designed to enhance performance in training and competition. Co-founded in 2009 by a premier group of world-class athletes including 13-time Grand Slam Tennis Champion Serena Williams, seven-time MLB All-Star David Wright and Gold Medal Soccer Champion Mia Hamm, MISSION boasts more than 25 high-performance product innovations and is sold across the U.S. Find out about MISSION at www.missionathletecare.com and follow us @MissionAthlete.
The M Awards will only be issued to varsity level student-athletes currently enrolled in high school that maintain an average GPA of 2.5 or above. Any high school student who meets the eligibility requirements will be allowed to submit a profile for consideration - either through this publicly accessible website or through the www.beRecruited.com website.
The criteria for selection will include the following variables:
Applicants will also be evaluated on their communication and professionalism throughout the selection process.
Once submitted, applications will be forwarded to The M Award Executive Committee (the "Judges"), which may include but is not limited to, The M Foundation's Executive Director and participating elite athletes affiliated with The M Foundation. The weighting for the judging criteria will include: outstanding community service, demonstrated athletic leadership, and commitment to healthy athletic performance. Winners will be selected by a point-tally vote of the judges.
Once our athlete-judges select winners, the selection team will allow up to one week to validate the applicant information before notification. Winners are then notified and awards are distributed.
*******Note that The Gold and Silver M Award winners may require supplemental application information, including a signed and notarized Affidavit.
For more information please see the Official Contest Rules and Terms.
In order to process an application, The M Awards Selection Committee requires from the Applicant the information requested below. The Applicant may be nominated by another person. However, the essays must be substantially the work of the Applicant, not the Nominator. To nominate a student for the M Award, nominators can complete the general information fields and the application will be automatically forwarded to the applicant, who is responsible for filling out the application in whole and making the final submission themselves.
Also, if you are a member of the beRecruited community, please note that completing the application for The M Awards here (below) will not update your profile on the beRecuited website. Note that every time you update your application/profile, your application is newly submitted to The M Awards Selection Committee. So keep your profile updated and refreshed. Persistence might pay off.
To begin the application process, you must first confirm that you have read and agree with the Rules & Eligibility Guidelines. Once you have read these guidelines, click "I AGREE" and the application form will appear for you. Any questions or issues relating to the completion of the form should be sent to jvan@theMfoundation.org.
For more information about The M Awards, or questions about your application or the selection process, please contact The M Award Program Director, Jim Van Eerden: jim@theMfoundation.org. For general inquiries about The M Awards - including ideas, opportunities or a suggested collaboration - please send a note to us!
The M Foundation
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