2014 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) Award Winners Announced(5/30/14) - U.S. Figure Skating announced today the 2014 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) award recipients. The 3A award is a scholarship program that recognizes skaters who have achieved figure skating excellence while actively volunteering.
To earn a 3A award, skaters must have competed at the novice or junior level at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. Candidates were asked to submit an application detailing their volunteer work. The Athletes Advisory Committee (AAC) selects one overall winner and five winners from each discipline (ladies, men's, pairs, ice dance and synchronized). The overall winner receives $1,000, while the remaining five honorees receive $500 which can be used at the skaters' discretions.
More information about the criteria used to determine the recipients of the 3A award can be found here.
The 2014 3A award recipients are:
Amber Glenn, Dallas FSC (overall) - Glenn, the 2014 U.S. junior champion, has participated in a number of skating shows that benefit cancer research, including One Skate at a Time, which raised more than $10,000 in 2014 to benefit a camp sponsored by Children's Oncology Services, Inc., for children and teens in treatment for cancer. Glenn also participates in the annual Skate for Hope show, which, to date, has raised more than $500,000 toward the goal of eradicating breast cancer.
Carly Berrios, Greenville FSC (ladies) - Berrios is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta Club at South Carolina Virtual Charter School. Berrios volunteers with the Greenville FSC and Washington FSC, where she is an associate member, assisting with competitions and test sessions. She also collects food for local food banks and, through her church, provides school supplies to underprivileged children. Berrios most recently competed in the novice ladies event at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships where she placed fourth.
Kevin Shum, St. Moritz ISC (men's) - Shum serves as the president of St. Moritz Ice Skating Club's Junior Board, conducting various bonding, social and volunteer events to unite club members and promote figure skating. He provided assistance with the club's annual competition and the 2014 Pacific Coast Sectional Championships, led various Spirit Days and organized a coaches' appreciation day. Shum is also the co-president of the Technology Club at Piedmont High School in Piedmont, Calif., and is an active Boy Scouts member of the Piedmont Community Service Venture Crew, through which he cooks for the homeless; plays with children at a child care center; and annually participates in a substantial Rebuilding Together Oakland project, renovating, reconstructing and reconditioning a home for a low-income senior citizen. Shum placed sixth in the junior men's event at the 2014 U.S. Championships.
Jacob Simon, Skokie Valley SC (pairs) - Simon, the 2014 U.S. novice pewter medalist (fourth place) with partner Lindsay Weinstein, participates in numerous charitable shows, including "One Skate At A Time" and "Kites for Hope," a benefit show organized to raise money for Lithuanian children with cancer. With his brother and sister, Simon founded an organization called Courage for Kids/Medals for Hope, collecting competition medals donated from skaters along with a biography and words of encouragement from the skater that are presented to children at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Simon plans an annual neighborhood food drive for a donation to Moraine Township Food Pantry, purchases, packages and delivers goods to local families in need for Thanksgiving Project, and helped raise $160,000 for Les Turner ALS Foundation through the Highland Park High School Charity Drive.
Eliana Gropman, Washington FSC (ice dance) - Gropman attends Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, where she makes jewelry to donate to charity. This summer she plans to organize a fashion show that will also collect clothing donations for children with cancer. Gropman also volunteers at Stepping Stones Shelter in Rockville, Md., reading books to resident children and assisting with art projects. She also collects money for the food allergy research and education organization each Halloween. Gropman most recently competed at the 2014 U.S. Championships, where she earned the silver medal in the novice ice dance event with her partner Ian Somerville.
Ashley Moran, Skokie Valley SC (synchronized) - After undergoing spinal fusion surgery to correct major Scoliosis, an operation that included the installation of two 12-inch medal rods using 22 screws and two hooks, Moran founded Stand Tall For Scoliosis, a nonprofit organization that strives to provide support for patients who suffer from the spinal affliction. Moran works as a mentor and speaks to patients about their upcoming surgeries, sharing her testimony of getting back on the ice after her operation and connecting patients with each other through social media. Moran competes with the Starlights synchronized skating team. The team placed ninth in the novice event at the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Championships.