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National Student Athlete Day

Original story written by Jamie Levin and published by Around Wellington.


National Student Athlete Day, April 6, is not just an opportunity to honor the athletic prowess of our student-athletes, but also to recognize the dedication, resilience, and leadership qualities they exemplify both on and off the field. This annual celebration recognizes the extraordinary contributions of student-athletes who demonstrate outstanding commitment to their sport, while also excelling academically and serving as positive role models within their communities. From early morning practices to late-night study sessions, these individuals exemplify the values of discipline, teamwork, and resilience. Local organization Student ACES, a 501c3 with the mission to create Champions, shines a light on the remarkable impact of these high school student-athletes and has been doing so since 2013. 


Since inception in 2013, Student ACES (ACE: Athletics, Character, Education) has shaped the leaders of tomorrow by creating a pathway for young men and women to achieve the highest standards of leadership. Through customized character education programs, incorporating the 9 ACES core values – Command Respect, Honor Your Word, Aspire to Greatness, Maintain Courage, Possess a Work Ethic Second to None, Inspire Others, Own a Winning Attitude, Never Settle, Sacrifice for Self and Team – student-athletes have the opportunity to engage with one another and learn through the application of case studies in an interactive environment.


“As we commemorate National Student Athlete Day, we are reminded of the incredible dedication and perseverance displayed by student-athletes across the nation,” said Krissy Webb, Executive Director of Student ACES. “Within our Student ACES program, these exceptional individuals not only excel on the field but also serve as mentors to one another and leaders in their communities. Their commitment to academic excellence, sportsmanship, and character development sets a shining example for us all. Today, we honor their achievements and celebrate the profound impact they have as role models, both on and off the field.” 


The organization was founded in 2013 by father-daughter team Buck Martinez, who today is the president of the board, and Krissy Webb who oversees the organization as Executive Director. The inspiration for Student ACES stemmed from their desire to see every student achieve a foundation of leadership that would generate positive outcomes and tremendous success in the students’ lives. 


Character education programs provide the foundation upon which Student ACES creates Champions and shapes the leaders of tomorrow. Through customized programs, student-athletes throughout Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties have the opportunity to engage with one another as they develop into Champions. 


Beyond the accolades and trophies, National Student Athlete Day serves as a reminder of the importance of balancing athletic pursuits with academic excellence. Student-athletes juggle demanding schedules, often waking before dawn to train, attending classes throughout the day, and dedicating countless hours to their studies. Their ability to manage these competing priorities with grace and determination is a testament to their extraordinary character and work ethic. And let’s not forget that they are often looked upon as role models and carry a responsibility to exude positive behaviors. 

Moreover, National Student Athlete Day underscores the invaluable lessons learned through sports participation – lessons of teamwork, leadership, perseverance, and sportsmanship that extend far beyond the playing field. These qualities not only shape the lives of student-athletes but also prepare them for success in their future endeavors, whether in their chosen careers or as contributing members of society.


As we celebrate National Student Athlete Day, let us pause to applaud the unwavering dedication and remarkable achievements of these outstanding individuals. Their passion, drive, and commitment inspire us all and serve as a testament to the boundless potential that lies within each and every one of us. Today, and every day, let us honor and support our student-athletes as they continue to reach for the stars and make a difference in the world.

For more information about how to get your student athlete involved in Student ACES, visit www.studentaces.org

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