The 2018 Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award banquet was held May 3 at Frazer United Methodist Church. The objectives of the program are to recognize Christian leadership in athletics and to encourage and inspire others to emulate the man whose memory is perpetuated by this award. Since 1959, the Hitchcock Award has grown stronger each year in expressing the true Christian principles of the YMCA. The qualities of a Hitchcock nominee are strong personal character, dependability, 100% effort, team leadership, church leadership, school activities leadership, and scholastic leadership. Each Montgomery area school nominates senior athletes who possess these qualities. From this group of outstanding athletes, one female and one male are chosen to receive the coveted Jimmy Hitchcock Memorial Award.
This year’s nominees representing Macon East Academy were Logan Goree and Madison McKee. Logan is a three sport athlete who has lettered in football, basketball, and soccer. He was a member of both Macon East AISA AA state basketball championship teams. He also participated on the AISA All-Star team in both football and basketball. Madison is a two sport athlete at Macon East lettering in volleyball and softball. She helped lead this years team to recapture the AISA AA state title and will continue her softball career at Faulkner University.
Each year select freshmen are also recognized for their outstanding qualities in athletics, the classroom and community, as well as their potential to be future Hitchcock award nominees. Georgia Blaze and Tanner Moore were selected as Macon East’s freshman certificate winners for 2018. Georgia is a Knights cheerleader and plays volleyball, basketball, and softball. Tanner participates in football, basketball, baseball, and the fishing team.