Sarah Nitz Award

gymnastics

Sarah Elizabeth Nitz was an outstanding gymnast from Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School who was killed in a car accident on December 21, 1994, on the way to school.  She was seven years old when she first began competing in gymnastics.  Sarah traveled 35 miles one way to and from Sioux Falls for 11 years to follow her gymnastics dream.  The number of hours and the years she dedicated herself to the sport allowed her to accomplish various achievements as a Level 10 National Competitor, as well as being the 1992 & 1993 South Dakota All-Around State Champion.  Sarah's love for gymnastics was overwhelming.  She appreciated excellence and effort by any individual.  She cheered for any outstanding effort, regardless of the team.  Her smile was contagious, and her excellent sportsmanship was something all gymnasts admired.

In honor of Sarah, an award will be given each year at the State Gymnastics Meet to a senior gymnast who best exemplifies the qualities Sarah strived for: sportsmanship, academics, character, and gymnastics ability.  The Sarah Nitz Award will be presented on Saturday following the first session of individual competition.  This award is being sponsored by South Dakota USA Gymnastics.

Criteria:

  1. Sportsmanship - Shows respect for all athletes, coaches, and officials, on and off the floor
  2. Academics - Maintains a 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Character - Able to interact in a positive manner with students and adults, shows the success of hard work and determination, and is a positive role model for others
  4. Gymnastics ability - Does not have to be an All-Around gymnast, but must show time commitment and dedication to success

All gymnasts who are on their varsity gymnastics team and are seniors in high school are eligible to apply for this award.  Please furnish each of your athletes, who meet this qualification, with an application.  The application must be received by February 1st.

SEND TO:

     Sarah Nitz Award
     3608 Parkridge Drive
     Rapid City, SD 57702