Since 2004, the Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Fund has awarded a scholarship annually to a member of the George Washington High School baseball team member who exemplifies Andrew’s zest for life, leadership skills, determination and courage while playing for the team. Past scholarship recipients include:
Sharp has played every position his coach has asked of him, which is party why he is the first Junior to ever win the Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Award. He is a leader all year round even in the Winter and Fall months when he takes the initiative to gather his teammates together to hit at an indoor baseball facility. During the 2012 season, he received 2nd Team ALL Public Honors as a Junior and helped his team to a semifinal.
Steve Leibovitz, 2011
During his 3 years playing varsity baseball at George Washington, Leibovitz worked extremely hard, and received 2nd Team All Public Honors during his junior year. Going into his senior year, an injury pushed back his 2011 debut. He quickly got himself back on the field to help his team to a solid 2011 campaign. Currently, Steve is attending Temple University, studying kinesiology.
Shelby Marion, 2010
Marion was a two-year varsity starter for George Washington High School and he played nearly every position on the field. Anytime Coach Jones asked Shelby to fill in at a position, he didn’t ask questions and got the job done. Although his schooling has prepared him for college, Shelby decided to dedicate his abilities to the U.S. Navy beginning in the fall of 2010. He is representing the country with courage and pride.
Nick Romaninsky, 2009
Romaninsky was a 2 year varsity player for the GW Eagles. Pressure was thrown on Nick’s shoulders coming into the 2009 season. He was given the job of replacing a 1st team all public player from the previous season. Nick stepped up in a big way both offensively and defensively when his team needed him the most. Currently, Nick attends West Chester University.
Stan Borodyansky, 2008
Before becoming a three year Varsity player, Borodyansky had been in a major accident. After surgery, he recovered quicker than what the surgeon had diagnosed. Despite his injuries, Stan filled multiple positions always doing what was best for the team. In 2008, he was a unanimous choice for captain. At season’s end, he was named an All-Public Second Team selection, as well as an All-City Honorable Mention for pitching.
James Galen, 2007
Galen was a dedicated player always realizing the importance of playing as a team. When asked about winning the Spirit of Courage Fund, James stated, “Anything is possible no matter who you are or what you do, whether you’re a home-run hitter batting cleanup or you’re just a back-up utility player who comes in when they are needed just to deliver a clutch hit to keep the game alive. You got to believe and never give up.”
Sean Engelberg, 2006
Sean was the third recipient of the Spirit of Courage scholarship. He was a leader both on and off the field. When asked about winning the award, Sean noted, “I honestly thought I had no chance at winning this award and the fact that I did win it taught me that you can accomplish anything simply by striding for the best and not giving up.” Sean attended CHI Institute.
Matt “Yank” Yankowitz, was co-captain of the 2005 Eagles. While on Spring Training, he sustained a season ending injury. Many players in this situation would have given up on their team, but Yank supported his team throughout the entire season. Yank attended each practice as well as every game the Eagles played. He assisted coaches in drills, helped deliver signs and was the motivation behind the Eagles 2005 season.
Ken Radziak, 2004
Radziak was the first recipient of the Andrew Farrell Spirit of Courage Scholarship. A member of the Varsity program at Washington for 3 seasons, Ken helped lead his team to 3 straight Philadelphia Public League semi-final appearances. Along with his exceptional play on the field, Ken constantly encouraged his teammates through humor and wit. Ken attended Temple University.