SportsEngine and NBC Sports Regional Networks Announce “Fair Play – Student Athlete of the Month” Contest Winners

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Top Student-Athletes from Coast-to-Coast Recognized for their Determination, Perseverance and Dedication both on and off the field

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We couldn’t be more honored to be able to recognize some of these great kids, who will no doubt be making an impact in our society for many years to come.

Culminating with the recent coast-to-coast NBC Sports Regional Network premiere of its multi-platform documentary project, Fair Play: Youth Sports in America presented by GEICO, NBC Sports Regional Networks, along with SportsEngine Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, announce the inaugural winners of the “Fair Play - Student Athlete of the Month” contest.

The contest was conducted last month by SportsEngine in partnership with multiple NBC Sports Regional Network markets–including Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Northwest, Philadelphia, and Washington. Parents and coaches nominated student athletes who best demonstrated determination, perseverance, and dedication, along with serving as a positive influence in their respective communities through their participation in sports and academics.

SportsEngine and each NBC Sports Regional Network, judged their respective region’s submissions and chose a winner based on three main criteria: academic performance, athletic performance, and social/community impact.

“The goal of the Fair Play initiative was to shine a light on both the benefits and sometimes difficult aspects of the $15 billion youth sports industry,” said Ted Griggs, President, Group and Strategic Production and Programming Leader for NBC Sports Regional Networks. “Among the many aspects of this initiative was to make sure we put a spotlight on student athletes who are making a difference in their communities. We couldn’t be more honored to be able to recognize some of these great kids, who will no doubt be making an impact in our society for many years to come.”

The following list recognizes the official winners of the inaugural “Fair Play - Student Athlete of the Month” contest:

Winner: Hanna Sveen (18 years old)
Hometown: Eyota, MB
Sports: Softball, Soccer, Basketball

Winner: Gloria Leonard (14 years old)
Hometown: Los Banos, CA
Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming

Winner: Celia Walsh (17 years old)
Hometown: Walpole, MA
Sports: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Indoor Track & Field

Winner: Keside “Kessie” Olekanma (17 years old)
Hometown: Downers Grove, IL
Sports: Track & Field, Volleyball

Winner: Dalton Rasmussen (18 years old)
Hometown: Roseburg, OR
Sports: Track & Field (Javelin)

Winner: Carli Ginther (17 years old)
Hometown: Collegeville, PA
Sports: Beach Volleyball

Winner: Jessica Chai (16 years old)
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Sports: Synchronized Figure Skating

(NOTE: Future “Fair Play - Student Athlete of the Month” calls for entries will be announced at a later date.)
Fair Play: Youth Sports in America will premiere on NBC Owned Television Stations (schedule below) and will encore nationally on NBCSN. Below is the schedule:

San Francisco / KNTV
July 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. PT
Chicago / WMAQ
July 8, 2018
1:30 p.m. CT
Philadelphia / WCAU
July 8, 2018
2:30 p.m. ET
Boston / WBTS
July 8, 2018
2:30 p.m. ET
Washington / WRC
July 8, 2018
2:30 p.m. ET
New York / WNBC
July 8, 2018
2:30 p.m. ET

For additional Fair Play: Youth Sports in America documentary air dates/times, along with featured video clips, podcasts, trivia, and much more, viewers can visit [ __title__].

Helping the world play smarter and live more, SportsEngine, Inc., an NBC Sports Group company, is the leading software provider of sport life management solutions for 35MM coaches, parents, athletes, and sport relationship management applications for more than 1MM clubs, leagues, governing bodies, and associations. SportsEngine helps sports organizations around the globe reduce the time they spend on administrative tasks, and enables them to focus more on developing their athletes, providing safe experiences, and furthering the love of sport. Learn more at:,; or

NBC Sports Regional Networks, home of the Authentic Fan, is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 35 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: NBC Sports Boston, NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBC Sports Philadelphia+, NBC Sports Washington, SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Chicago and NBC Sports Northwest. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit

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