“Perseverance” is one of the foundational concepts of athletic competition. The notion of recovery from a setback, i.e. adversity, is something we all will encounter at some point in our lives.
The Milwaukee Bucks Perseverance Award celebrates high school male and female student-athletes who have overcome adversity on their path to success. It might be an injury, disability, a difficult family or health circumstance, something that puts an obstacle in their path that might derail someone who is less resilient.
Head baseball coach at West Bend East High School, Ron Hedrick, nominated Senior, Matt Geldnich, for this award. Hedrick says, “His heart and desire is at a level that I would say is at the top of what I have seen in my coaching career. I believe that the way Matt handles himself and prepares is an inspiration to the the other players in our program.” He goes on to say, “Matt’s struggles each day are overcome with a great attitude and an impeccable work ethic.”
On March 24th, Matt was recognized, along with six other student-athletes from the state of Wisconsin, at the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game held at Fiserv Forum. Each student received a plaque, a $1,000 scholarship, four free Bucks tickets to the game, toured Fiserv Forum with a Milwaukee Bucks front office executive, and were introduced before the game with their name and their school name on the jumbotron.
This award is presented by the Milwaukee Bucks, Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, Safe Sport Zone, Crisis Prevention Institute, and The Bog.