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Everything Earned Athletic Award – Euclid High School

Congratulations to the Euclid High School Panthers Football Team!

Elk & Elk is very excited to announce the winner of our June 2016 Everything Earned Athletic Award.

The Euclid High School Panthers football team was recently awarded $1,000 in recognition of the team's hard work, dedication and success during the season.

"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work,

a company work, a society work, a civilization work."

-Vince Lombardi

According to Euclid High School Athletic Director Patrick Higley, the 2015 Panther football team set the bar for the school's student athletes.

"They were the first really to adopt things that we are trying to push in our athletic department regarding being a student first, being a good citizen [and] doing service for the community," said Higley.

The Panthers displayed incredible dedication and perseverance throughout the season, and extended this work ethic into the classroom and community.

"In my 20 years I've had some great experiences, but this was the most rewarding experience I probably have ever had...I have never seen a group of kids care and love one another the way these guys did," Euclid Head Coach Jeff Rotsky said of his team.

The Panthers ended their season with a record of 10-3 and a run in the OHSAA Division I playoffs.

Twenty-five of the team's seniors were honored at a National Signing Day ceremony earlier this year. Members of the Panthers' Class of 2016 will be going on to play for programs including Penn State and University of Massachusetts. Every senior will either be pursuing a college degree or entering the military upon graduation.

"Hopefully [this] shows that we're not your typical urban district. We're going to challenge and compete with anybody on and off the field," said Rotsky of his team's accomplishments.

The Euclid Panthers are the final recipients of the Everything Earned Athletic Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. Elk & Elk looks forward to continuing the program next year.

About Elk & Elk's Everything Earned Athletic Award

The Everything Earned Athletic Award offers deserving high school teams in Northeast Ohio the chance to earn $1,000 courtesy of Elk & Elk. The program was launched in the fall of 2015, and dozens of athletic directors from area high schools proudly nominated teams from a wide variety of sports to represent their school. Each month, Elk & Elk will select one team to receive a $1,000 award to benefit their program.

NOTE: Nominations for the 2015-2016 Everything Earned contest are now closed. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates about future contests.