Two-time U.S. Novice Champ Nathan Chen Named Winner of '3A' Award

Nathan Chen (Photo by Paul Harvath)
(5/16/11) - Nathan Chen was named the winner of the third annual 3A ("Athlete Alumni Ambassador") award, the Athletes Advisory Committee announced today. Five other individuals were honored as scholarship recipients.

The 3A award is a scholarship program that identifies skaters who have achieved a level of excellence in their discipline while also remaining active in their community through volunteer contributions. Extracurricular school activities and volunteering within and outside the skating community are all considered contributive acts. Applicants must have competed at the novice or junior level at the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the 2011 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

"I'm really happy and honored to be the overall winner of the 3A Award because it shows me that I'm doing the right thing with not just training but community service," said Chen, who represents Salt Lake Figure Skating.

In addition to his on-ice exploits, which include winning back-to-back U.S. novice titles, Chen performs many acts of good will, including performing at charity skating shows and using his lunch hour to clean up the grounds at his school. This past year he donated money to help one of his peers buy a new pair of skates.

Outside of skating, Chen takes piano, ballet and gymnastics, and also serves as assistant captain on his ice hockey team.

As the overall winner of the 3A award, Chen receives a monetary scholarship in the amount of $1,000.

"I am extremely grateful, because without the help of award and scholarship money, I would not be able to get the training that I have," Chen said.

Five other monetary scholarships were awarded to skaters in each of the five disciplines.

Ladies: Hannah Miller
Men: Philip Warren
Pairs: Ashley Cain
Dance: Ryan Farmer
Synchronized: Laura Paprocki

The 3A award scholarship program is designed to inspire young athletes to be ambassadors on and off the ice. The volunteer activities of this year's applicants ranged from contributing at club ice shows, competitions and test sessions to being Eagle Scouts.

If you are interested in applying for the 3A award in the future, please contact High Performance Administrator and Logistics Coordinator Naama Kellman at nkellman@usfigureskating.org for more information.

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