2018 Josh Titus and Patrick Thibodeau Spirit of the Game Awards
For over twenty years the Maine McDonald's High School Senior All-Star Basketball Games has honored athletes that excel on the court and in the classroom. In 2010, the Maine McDonald's Spirit of the Game Award was added to honor two high school students involved in the basketball program – one from the East and one from the West Division – who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries, and support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff.
The 2018 Spirit of the Game recipients will be honored at the All-Star Awards Banquet on March 9 in Bangor, and serve as managers for their respective divisional teams on Game Day.
Two Maine athletes, Patrick Thibodeau and the late Joshua Titus, inspired this award. Though collectively the boys only played two games in High School, they inspired many in their community and showed a great commitment to their respective schools basketball programs.
Josh and Patrick were nationally recognized, appearing on CBS Sports Final Four broadcast and received additional awards and recognition including the Boston Celtic's Heroes Among Us Award. In honor of these two young men who inspired America, the awards have been named the Joshua Titus Spirit of the Game Award; Patrick Thibodeau Spirit of the Game Award.
If you have a student athlete in your program that you think is deserving of this honor, please fill out the online form by February 2, 2018.
Perhaps it is a player who was injured during the season but still attended every practice and game to support his or her team. Or maybe it is an athlete who may not have the best athletic ability but has a positive attitude that motivated their teammates.
This year's Maine McDonald's Spirit of the Game recipients will be selected by a committee representative of McDonald's of Maine, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Thibodeau and Titus Families.
A paper nomination form may be requested by contacting Kevin Gove at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-755-9470. Completed paper nominations should be mailed to Kevin Gove at 113 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME 04240. Materials received after February 2, 2018 will not be considered. You may make as many nominations as you would like. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Gove at email@example.com.
2017 Maine All-State Academic Scholarship
The Maine All-State Academic Scholarship was created to recognize two members - one girl and one boy - selected from the Maine McDonald's All-State Academic Team. The ten boys and ten girls selected to the All-State Academic Team are nominated by their coaches and are chosen to represent the more than 148 high schools in the state of Maine. A $2,000 Scholarship will be given to two members - one girl and one boy
Each year, the MABC (Maine Association of Basketball Coaches) recognizes individuals who have contributed to high school basketball in Maine. There are four awards, as listed below:
Bob Brown Contributor Award
The Bob Brown Contributor Award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to improve the quality of basketball in the state of Maine.
MABC Media Award
The MABC Media Award is presented each year to an individual in the media for their outstanding coverage of High School basketball in the state of Maine.
MABC Coach of the Year Awards
Each year, the MABC selects a “Coach of the Year” recognizing coaches throughout the state who have demonstrated excellence in their profession. They typically have given above and beyond and tend to bring out the best in their players. For their excellence, they are voted by their coaching peers to receive these awards.
Mr. and Miss Basketball
The Mister and Miss Basketball Award is presented each year to the senior player who has exhibited outstanding skills throughout his/her career, has made a significant impact on his/her team, has demonstrated respect for the game through leadership on and off the court, has epitomized the values of sportsmanship and has been a positive school and community citizen.