Delaware Runner of the Year Connor Nisbet has designated a local organization that builds leadership through scholastic athletics as the recipient of a $1000 grant from Gatorade. The Wilmington Friends School junior was recently named the Gatorade Delaware Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, a recognition that comes with the opportunity to identify a community beneficiary of the funds.
Nisbet selected the nonprofit, Strive: How You Lead Matters.
“I chose Strive for the Gatorade grant because I see the value of the work they do within my own team,” said Nisbet. “We use many of the skills and techniques from Strive’s leadership curriculum in our daily practice and team culture. I wanted to be part of providing the same opportunity our team has to learn these skills to underprivileged children in our community. I believe supporting our community is of utmost importance.”
The Gatorade Play It Forward program gives Gatorade Player of the Year athletes the opportunity to provide resources to youth athletes in their community by helping youth-based sports organizations and their programming.
The Gatorade Player of the Year is an athletic award program that annually recognizes one state winner in each of the 50 states in 12 different sports. The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Nisbet as Delaware’s best high school boys cross country runner. He becomes a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced in January.
Strive executive director Andrea Valentine is grateful Nisbet chose to donate his winnings to support the young student-athletes her leadership team coaches. “Connor is one of the top student athletes in the country, and he richly deserves the Gatorade Player of the Year award — one of the most prestigious high school athletic awards in the nation,” she said.
“We are honored that Connor recognized the value Strive’s leadership training provides to student athletes, coaches and teams by selecting Strive as the recipient of his Gatorade grant.”
Nisbet has had an exceptional career as both a tennis player and a runner. Just last week he won the state Indoor Track championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, becoming the fastest 5,000-meter runner in Delaware history. He was also named Delaware’s Outstanding Boys Indoor Track Athlete by the state indoor track selection committee.