The S.A.K.E. Awards was an idea created by Commissioner Hayward J. Benson, Jr. in 2008. Since then, it has been executed by the Parks and Leisure Services department annually. S.A.K.E. stands for Sports Advancing Kids Education. The program honors and recognizes student-athletes, coaches, teams, and volunteers for their exemplary achievements in seven areas. The vision is to build character, bolster self-esteem, enhance life skills, impart positive values, and advance education through athletic endeavors and competition.
Nominations are open to all participants in any City of Lauderhill youth sports or affiliated programs. The event is always a great time and is free to the public to attend.
As of 2017, 35 Scholar Athletes have been provided a total of $22,500 in scholarship money. 62 other nominees and youth groups have been given awards and monetary support, and thousands of others have been positively affected by the program thanks to the kind generosity of our sponsors and the City of Lauderhill. The 9th Annual S.A.K.E. Awards title sponsor was 7-Eleven.
SAKE Awards Event Photos
Click on the links below to access photos from the SAKE Awards Ceremony.
Charles Bingham Coach of the Year - The recipient of this award must lead by example as a positive role model and coach. This individual should encourage and empower student-athletes academically, athletically, and socially.
Leadership Award - The recipient of this award must demonstrate the ability to positively motivate and lead their peers and others. Others look up to this individual for guidance and leadership.
Monford Johnson Community Service Award - The recipient of this award volunteers time and effort. They demonstrate respect and pride for their community over a long period of time. They make a huge impact on the lives of kids, volunteers, coaches, and others in the community.
Scholar Athlete of the Year - The recipient of this award must display the ability to participate in a City of Lauderhill affiliated sport or program while maintaining a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Both scholastic and athletic accomplishments will be of the highest level and will be considered carefully by the selection panel. This award is based on recommendations of the student-athlete's teacher(s), coach(es), and other leaders in the community.
Sportsmanship Award - An individual nominated for this award must display self-discipline and positive behavior in difficult situations. They follow the rules of the game and are able to win or lose with grace, dignity and class.
Team of the Year - Nominees in this category must display the ability to work together to demonstrate positive team behavior, discipline, spirit, cohesiveness and sportsmanship.
Volunteer of the Year - A person who volunteers freely of their time, skills, and talents, a nominee in this category is always putting others before themselves. They volunteer countless hours to unselfishly assist in the advancement of a City of Lauderhill youth sport or affiliated program.
For more information, please contact the Parks & Leisure Services office at 954-730-3080 or you can e-mail PALS Recreation Superintendent Marcellus Green.