High School Athlete of the Year presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine
Dillon Dingler, Football, Jackson High School, Massillon
Jaylen Harris, Football, Cleveland Heights High School, Cleveland Heights
Valencia Myers, Basketball, Solon High School, Solon
Andrea Scali, Softball, Parma High School, Parma
Collegiate Athlete of the Year
John Carroll University Football Team, Football, NCAA Division II Collegiate, Cleveland
Marshon Lattimore, Football, The Ohio State University, Cleveland
Mitch Trubisky, Football, University of North Carolina, Mentor
Amateur Athlete of the Year
Tiana Bartoletta, Track, U.S. Women’s Olympic Team, Elyria
Charles Conwell Jr., Boxing, U.S. Men’s Olympic Team, Cleveland Heights
Emily Infeld, Cross Country, U.S. Women’s Olympic Team, University Heights
Professional Athlete of the Year presented by FOX Sports Ohio
LeBron James, NBA, forward, Cleveland Cavaliers
Francisco Lindor, MLB, shortstop, Cleveland Indians
Stipe Miocic, UFC, mixed martial artist, UFC Heavyweight Champion
Joe Thomas, NFL, offensive lineman, Cleveland Browns
Sports Development Gold Medalist – The Mid-American Conference
Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Courage Award: Kendra Seitz
Kendra Seitz is a sixth grade competitive swimmer from Hudson. Having swam competitively since 2013, Seitz has distinguished herself as a strong athlete. However, Seitz' journey to becoming a champion is a story full of courage.
In 2009, Seitz went into cardiac failure during the Fourth of July holiday. She was taken via life flight to Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital where the Seitz Family met Dr. Gerald Boyle, medical director of Pediatric Heart Failure & Transplant Services at Cleveland Clinic. Six days after she was admitted to the hospital, Seitz received a new heart.
Since the cardiac transplant left Seitz weak and unable to walk, Cleveland Clinic physical therapists used Aqua Therapy to strengthen her muscles. She used a pool at the rehabilitation facility to heal her body and rebuild confidence after surgery.
In June 2016, Seitz competed in the Transplant Games of America, an event that promoted the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation that was secured and managed by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. She swam in the 50-meter race and received a gold medal in both the butterfly and breaststroke. Additionally, Seitz was awarded a silver medal in the freestyle and a bronze medal in the backstroke.
When asked what courage means to her, Seitz answered, "Courage is not giving up and believing in yourself."
The Courage Award presented by Cleveland Clinic Sports Health is awarded to an athlete who displays courage beyond the boundaries of their playing field, in order to inspire those around them.