• Kealani Bartlett

Pierson Gibis Recipient of the Charlie Donovan Memorial "Passion for the Game" Award

Chicago, IL, December 2, 2016 – The Chicago Scouts Association is pleased to announce Pierson Gibis as the 2016 winner of the Charlie Donovan Memorial “Passion for the Game” Award. The award, which is sponsored by the Chicago Scouts Association, is given to an individual who has exhibited passion for their craft within the game or business of baseball.

Pierson is a senior at Wauconda High School in Wauconda, Ill. and a member of the Pro-Player Hurricanes. “Pierson is the kind of kid you want your son and/or young players to look up to and model themselves after. His work ethic, positive attitude, compassion, will, and smile are what make him successful on the field, in the classroom, and more importantly in life”, said Director of High School Teams for the Pro-Player Hurricanes, Mick Matsie.

In August 2016, Pierson was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), a cancer that develops from connective tissues in the body, such as muscles, fat, bones, the linings of joints, or blood vessels. Moments after hearing the word, “Cancer”, Pierson asked his doctor, “Can I play baseball again?” It’s that passion for the game that makes Pierson the perfect recipient for this inaugural award.

The award is a custom design and the creation of Andrew Watson Design, who specializes in unique hand-crafted awards.

The mission of the Chicago Scouts Association is to perpetuate the sport of baseball within the Chicago land area, to enhance the community spirit and to provide for the well-being of our youth through positive and supportive endeavors.

Chicago Scouts Association to present the award on January 14th, 2017 at Sam & Harry’s in Schaumburg, Ill.


If you would like more information about this award, please contact John Sarna at 847- 638-0484, email at John.sarna70@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @ChiScoutsAssoc

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