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Mar, 2021

Evan Jackson Wins the 2021 Yusef Shabazz Sportsmanship Award!

In 2015, SDLL Board of Directors President Jill Simpson began awarding the Yusef Shabazz Sportsmanship Scholarship Award. Yusef Shabazz was a longtime SDLL volunteer coach who passed away unexpectedly in January 2015. A scholarship award dedicated to his memory was launched at opening ceremonies in 2015. The award recognizes a league age 12 player for exhibiting the Little League values of character, courage and loyalty based upon how the player has conducted himself or herself over the seasons, including the player’s sportsmanship, teamwork and overall love of baseball or softball.

We are proud to announce that our 2021 award winner is EVAN JACKSON. Evan has played for SDLL for 5 years. One coach was quoted as saying “I've always witnessed him exhibiting the highest level of character, sportsmanship, effort, and genuine love for the game of baseball. He is a natural leader, who chats up and encourages his teammates without being begged to do so by his coaches. He calls out the outs, the situation, the next play, wherever he is on the field. He is as "coach-able" a player as I've ever witnessed. When a coach gives him a tip or advice, he says "yes sir" and IMMEDIATELY implements the advice in the next applicable situation. Whether his team is winning 15-0 or losing 0-15, I've never seen Evan "down in the dumps". He just loves to play the game, and pours himself into whatever team and whatever position he is placed. Evan is just a great kid, he's the kid that you want your kids to hang out with and be influenced by. He brings so much more than baseball skills to a team. He brings leadership, encouragement, a calm and level head, and an obvious love for the game that is contagious.”

Evan now joins Jo Jo, Maleik, Trey, Maxwell, Landon, Braxton, Landon and Vincent – a great company of players. Congratulations to Evan, his Mother (Cheryl) and Father (Jon), from ALL of your fellow SDLL players and their families.

Many thanks also to Card My Yard of Chapel Hill for sponsoring the 2021 Yusef Shabazz Award. 

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