Posted: Apr 17, 2012 6:30 PM by Jordan Mason
Pueblo, Colorado - April 17, 2012 - Corey Laughlin, from Pueblo, Colorado, becomes one of 20 amazing young student athletes awarded $20,000 as part of the first annual Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. Foot Locker Foundation and DoSomething.org have partnered to honor students who demonstrate academic excellence and show their strength of character and devotion to their sports, as well as their communities.
Corey is passionate about playing baseball, football, and wrestling. He hopes to continue playing baseball at Colorado University while majoring in nursing. Corey's biggest influence in life is his football coach, Mr. Paul Andrada, who taught him compassion, motivation, and has helped shape the leader he has become today. Corey also looks up to Derek Jeter for his hard work and consistency throughout his career, along with his contributions to philanthropy. In 2011, Corey realized that his excess sports equipment would be useful to less fortunate kids and decided to hold a community garage sale. The sale raised over $1,200, which was used towards scholarships for twelve local youth. Additionally, some of the equipment was sent to Mexico to aid sports programs. Corey was recognized for his efforts by Senator Scott Tipton in the 112th Congress of the United States House of Representatives!
Celebrity judges including Nnamdi Asomugha, Brad Ausmus, Suzy Favor-Hamilton,
Dr. Chris Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Josie Loren, Jarrod Shoemaker, and Barry Zito - all college graduates and positive role models -- assisted in the judging process.
"We are thrilled to recognize and award the twenty outstanding recipients of our inaugural scholarship program," said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman, President and CEO, Foot Locker, Inc. "Corey exemplifies the qualities of leadership, academic excellence and sportsmanship that truly define the Foot Locker Scholar Athlete."
"Brains, brawn, and community activism, that's what we are celebrating today," said Nancy Lublin, CEO & chief old person at DoSomething.org. "These 20 winners each give so much to their communities and prove that good sportsmanship isn't just limited to the game."