By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Rains sophomore Charlotte Brown has been selected to receive a special award at the University Interscholastic League State Track and Field Championships in May.
Brown will be the 2013 Section 6 recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award during a special ceremony on May 11 at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.
Brown is representing the Southwest Region which includes athletes from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico.
The award is presented to an individual that has demonstrated “exemplary sportsmanship and citizenship,” has “exceeded normal expectations in assisting others within the school or community” or has “overcome adversity or a challenging circumstance.”
Each year the award is presented to eight section winners along with one national winner. The award winner must be a coach, athletic administrator, trainer, contest official or student-athlete associated with the school or the school’s athletic program or associated with the school’s performing arts program.
Though she’s legally blind, Brown has set two school records this season for the Rains Lady Wildcats in the pole vault (11 feet 3 inches) and 200-meter dash (25.9 seconds). She’s also matched the school record in the 100-meter dash and also anchors Rains’ 4x400-meter relay.
Brown won the 100 and 200 dashes, the pole vault and anchored the winning 4x400-meter relay at the Avon Rice Relays in her hometown of Emory, giving her seven gold medals at that meet in the last two seasons.
The National Federation of State High School Associations began this prestigious award in 2008. Jacob Goldberg, from Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest in Florida, won last year’s national award. Goldberg was a standout distance runner though he’s legally blind and has Tourette’s syndrome. He and his sister, Rachael, founded “Together We See,” a foundation that has raised more than $45,000 to help send blind and disabled youths to summer camp.
Last year’s Section 6 award went to the Bastrop (Texas) football team.