7th Annual Excelsior Award Winner Announced

Date Posted: 11/22/2016
Author: Chris Watson, Director of Communications

Jerry Flanagan of Long Lake Schools Selected as 7th Annual Excelsior Award Winner

LATHAM, NY-The New York State High School Athletic Association and CSEA have announced Jerry Flanagan of Long Lake Central Schools (Section VII) as the winner of the 7th annual Excelsior Award. He has worked for the school district in several capacities since 2001 including bus driver, custodian, tax collector, and claims adjustor.

"Jerry Flanagan represents the very best in CSEA - he is dedicated to his work, cares about the young people he works with, and contributes to the quality of life in his school district," said CSEA President Danny Donohue. "It is great to partner with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association because it helps ensure people like Jerry are recognized for their outstanding character and service."


The award was developed through a partnership between NYSPHSAA and CSEA to recognize a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school who has helped promote and foster athletic spirit in their local school district as well as display extraordinary dedication and support of high school athletics in New York State. The organizations have been partnered since 2002.

“On behalf of the nearly 800 NYSPHSAA member schools, I would like to congratulate Mr. Flanagan on receiving this award. He truly embodies what the Excelsior Award represents, and his commitment to the students of New York is remarkable. We are proud of his contributions in the Long Lake community and hope others will follow in his footsteps,” said Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director.

Flanagan has earned the respect of students and administrators and is well-known in his district for his generosity and caring nature. When driving the team bus to away games, he will often keep a scorebook, run a game clock, or assist with other essential game operations. He has also been known to pick up a case of water on hot days or pizzas before a long trip home. He takes the time to get to know every student he encounters, and players are always excited when Jerry is driving their bus. Most importantly, the students know they have a friend that cares about them.

“I am grateful and so very appreciative to receive this award, and even more grateful to have had some positive impact on the lives of many young men and women up here in the North Country over the past 15 years,” said Flanagan. “I am honored that you have recognized my efforts on their behalf.”

Flanagan will be honored at the NYSPHSAA Football Championships at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on November 26. Congratulations to Jerry Flanagan on being the 2016 Excelsior Award winner.



About NYSPHSAA (Twitter: @NYSPHSAA | Facebook: NYSPHSAA | YouTube: NYSPHSAASports):
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. is a non-profit, voluntary, educational service organization composed of public, parochial, and private schools dedicated to providing equitable and safe competition for the students of its member schools. The organization conducts 32 championship events and governs the rules and regulations of high school athletics in New York State. Membership is open to secondary schools providing interschool athletic activities for boys and girls in grades 7-12.