HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sports Commission has awarded their 2019 Steve Flack Memorial Scholarship to four local high schoolers, thanks to funds from the Great Community Give.
On Monday, the HRSC Board of Directors announced the winners: Rebecca Hardesty (Broadway High School), Mary Ruth Shifflett (Spotswood High School), Emily Villacrusis (Turner Ashby High School), and Lindsey White (Broadway High School).
The scholarship is an annual award given to support local youth athletes within the community who embody Flack’s qualities of leadership, mentoring, teamwork, education, and inspiration.
Flack was a local youth sport advocate and coach. He also served as the first President of the HRSC.
“The HRSC is proud to award these scholarships, the most ever awarded, to these deserving young student-athletes that embody many of the same qualities that we saw in Steve,” said Alyssa Bosley, HRSC president.
Hardesty is a senior at Broadway High School where she was a member of the cross country team, indoor and outdoor track team, ACES Leadership Club, Science, Leo’s, and National Honors Society clubs. She also volunteers at the local SPCA and plans to use the funds to pay for educational costs at Christopher Newport University to one day become a veterinarian.
Shifflett is a senior at Spotswood High School where she was on the basketball and track teams, huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), president of the Science Club, and a member of the Math, Spanish, History, and Latin clubs as well as the National Honor Society. She will be using the funds to pay for tuition costs at Bridgewater College where she will be playing basketball.
Villacrusis is a senior at Turner Ashby High School where she was the varsity captain of the golf team and has served in various leadership roles such as class president, president of the Forensics Club, vice president of the Drama Club, a leader in FCA, and member of the Student Council Association and National Honor Society. She plans to use the funds to attend college and to become a public relation specialist for either the LPGA Girls Golf program or the First Tee program.
White is a senior at Broadway High School where she was captain for the cross country, basketball, and soccer teams along with being involved in leadership roles as president of the National Art Honor Society and Secretary of ACES Leadership Club and LEOS Club International. She plans to use the funds for educational costs to attend Eastern Mennonite University where she aspires to major in special education and to play soccer.
According to the HRSC, they have awarded up to $7,000 to students and organizations since 2015.
Flack, whose name the scholarships carry, died on April 14, 2013, in a crash, but his memory lives on within the community and among his former players, who remember the qualities he instilled.
Flack was an advocate of youth sports and dedicated his life to creating future leaders in sport. He served as a player and coach for numerous teams, many of which were in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County area.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sports Commission is a charity founded in 2011 to help "Harrisonburg and Rockingham County to be the most vibrant and active community who values and identifies with sport and physical activity."