Thursday, April 12, 2012

Two Country Day athletes honored by National Strength and Conditioning Association

From media release:

Colorado Springs, CO – (March 31, 2012) – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently awarded Esty Byrd and James Howe, from Charlotte Country Day School, with its annual All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award—recognizing the student athletes dedication to strength training and conditioning.

This year, the NSCA awarded 225 collegiate and high school athletes from 90 schools with this esteemed award. Howe was selected by strength coach Darnell Clark, CSCS, who had this to say about his athletes:

“James is one of the most dedicated athletes I have worked with as a strength coach. His work ethic is legendary at Charlotte Country Day but more importantly is his ability to lead in our school community. James has been class president in three different grades, is in the jazz band, honor council, bow-tie service club, and is an Eagle Scout. James is an excellent student and has a 3.9 cumulative GPA. Next fall he will continue his academic and athletic career at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. James is one of those students whom I believe is destined for greatness in life, and I will be proud to say I knew him back when.”

“Esty is a driven young lady and has had the goal of playing college field hockey since she was in middle school. With this goal in mind, she has worked extremely hard in the weight room and on the track to help make her be the best field hockey player she can be. Her goal of playing college field hockey was met as she will be continuing her academic and athletic career at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, VA. I am extremely proud of what Esty has accomplished and it has been a pleasure to coach her.”

Alan Kinniburgh, NSCA’s Executive Director adds, “The advantages of strength training and conditioning cannot be denied in collegiate and high school athletics. These student-athletes attest to this understanding, and are to be applauded for their hard work and dedication.”

The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 33rd year, and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc., a Knoxville, Tennessee fitness product leader.
For a complete list of All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes, contact the NSCA at 800-815-6826, or