One of the most beloved traditions of the Cockeysville Recreation Council (CRC) baseball program is honoring an outstanding young man with the Stevie Hansen Spirit Award. This award has been given to a baseball player in the 11-12 age group who embodies qualities that make them an outstanding player and teammate.
Named for Stevie Hansen, a young baseball player from Springlake who succumbed to brain and spinal cord cancer after a five-year battle with the disease, the award recognizes an athlete who plays hard, has a good attitude, is respectful, encourages fair play and is a role model for his teammates.
The three nominees this year exemplified all of these characteristics. They were Nikos Roberts-Mark, who represented the A’s and was selected by his coaches, Dave Turlington, Don Bowden and Brian Ball. The Dodgers representative was Tristin Forby, nominated by coaches Justin Buckingham, Emil Gerardi, and Chris White. And William Gentle was chosen by coaches Pete Zdebski, and Eric Arneklev to represent the Orioles.
All three players were given a complimentary summer baseball camp membership from Loyola Blakefield as a reward for their nominations. A ceremony was held in June, and Steve Hansen, father of Stevie, was on hand to present the award to Tristin, who was named the recipient of the 2018 Stevie Hansen Spirit Award.
Congratulations to Tristin, a rising eighth-grader at Cockeysville Middle School, and to his team, the Dodgers, who eventually captured the league championship.
The Cockeysville community bids farewell to two favorites at the Cockeysville Recreation Council, as both Kevyn Allgeier, CRC supervisor, and Anthony Hudgins, Cockeysville PAL coordinator, are moving into new positions within Baltimore County Recreation and Parks.
After five years with CRC, Kevyn will shift over to supervise the Lutherville-Timonium Recreation office, and Anthony was promoted to supervisor of the Carroll Manor Recreation Council.
Both have been such an amazing part of the Cockeysville community and they will be missed, even if they are not going too far away. A community celebration was held on July 1 to wish Kevyn and Anthony well!
At the same time, CRC will welcome Kandice Kepner as the new community supervisor. She has been the Carroll Manor supervisor for the past seven years and has been with Baltimore County Rec and Parks for more than 30 years, so the CRC is in capable hands! Best wishes to Kevyn, Anthony and Kandice in their new roles.
Also, take a peek at all the Cockeysville Rec Council has to offer, as some programs are registering now for the fall in addition to the many programs that are running throughout the summer. The programs are for all ages and encompass everything from football to yoga to cricket to music ensembles. Check out cockeysvillereccouncil.org for more information.