Hart awarded Spirit of Perseverance Award


AMBOY — Justin Hart, a senior basketball player at Amboy High School, is one of 10 winners of the 2018 Victor Zeinfield “Spirit of Perseverance” Award in conjunction with Northbrook based The Charity Stripe.

Andy and Suzanne Zeinfield presented Hart with the $1,000 cash prize to help further his education during a ceremony on Thursday, April 12, attended by Amboy High School administrators, basketball coaches, family members and Charity Stripe representatives.

In fulfilling a wish to honor their late father’s love and passion for basketball, as well as his meritorious service in World War II, the Zeinfields judged essay nominations from high school basketball coaches throughout Illinois including Mike McCracken, varsity head coach at Amboy High School. They then selected five boys and five girls basketball players to win this award based on how well they exemplified the spirit of perseverance and demonstrated true character to themselves, their teammates, schools and communities.

According to the Zeinfields, “Our father attributed much of his success off the court to so many lessons he learned on the basketball court: the importance of commitment, dedication, leadership, sportsmanship and perseverance: to be part of a cohesive team, to compete honestly and fairly regardless of the game’s outcome. To inspire and motivate others through your attitude and actions, and above all, never ever quit.”

They added, “We hope this award will inspire young basketball players to maximize their abilities and demonstrate perseverance against all challenges and successfully overcome all adversities throughout their lives.”

The Charity Stripe is a 501©3 organization that features 12 sports programs that enables and empowers young athletes to use their sports skills and talents playing the games they love to help deserving military families in need, as well as help cancer patients and their families find comfort and a cure.