Commissioner's Cup

Deadline: April 1, 2018

For questions, contact:

Mary Vrnak, Director - Fundraising & Grants Scholarships
(919) 240-7371
mary@nchsaa.org

 

Who can Participate

Any athletic team or cheerleading squad at a NCHSAA member school with a sponsor. Sponsors can be a coach, faculty member, staff member or parent!

Two teams or schools from each classification (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) will be awarded the NCHSAA Commissioner’s Cup at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting in May.

Each will receive a $1,000 stipend for their respective team or school athletic program, earmarked for use by that sports team.

How to Participate

Requirements

  1. Have the team sponsor begin the on-line application. The application will remain "open" for edits until April 1 @12:00 pm. 
  2. Have your “team” identify a need within your community and create a plan to conduct the service project. 
  3. You must create and submit a 1 - 2 minute video of your project in .MOV format. 

The video will be too large to submit via email so a suggestion would be to submit your video via Vimeo, You Tube, or any other file sharing software to Mary Vrnak mary@nchsaa.org.

You may need to create an account/password to access file sharing software. From there, upload your service project video and indicate you would like to share your video with Mary Vrnak mary@nchsaa.org

2015-2016 Commissioner Cup Recipients

Forbush High School Cross Country

Number of Student-Athletes: 15 Team Members
Number of People Served: Over 150 People
Social Impact: Assisted Syrian refugees in their time of need
Event: 
Clothing and Food Drive for Syrian Refugees: The Forbush XC team collected over 80 pounds of clothing and supplies to send to Syrian refugees in Austria, where a team member was volunteering with her family for the Red Cross.

Garner Magnet High School

Number of Student-Athletes: 20 Student-Athletes
Number of People Served: The Garner Magnet HS Community
Social Impact: Helped bring a higher sense of community between high school students, adaptive PE members and the local community
Event: 
March Madness Event: Organized by members of various athletic programs at GMHS. Student leaders teach adaptive PE students basketball skills over the course of several months before a basketball game that puts students up against the adaptive PE class members and teachers with a fan section made up of the student body.

Lexington Senior High School

Number of Student-Athletes: 45 Student-Athletes
Number of People Served: Over 50 People
Social Impact: Made a tangible impact on two non-profit organizations in the area and a local family
Event: 
Lexington Day of Service: A total of 45 athletes representing 10 different sports assisted with the day of service, along with their coaches. Over the course of the day, athletes labeled and organized clothing items for Habitat for Humanity, built a ramp for a four-year old boy with cerebral palsy, and did work around and inside the Path of Hope Ministry building.

Mount Pleasant High School Awsum Club
AWSUM = “Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments”
Number of Student-Athletes: 30 Student-Athletes
Number of People Served: Hundreds if not thousands.
Social Impact: Created a charity and started the program at two local high schools
Events: 
Breast Cancer Awareness Event: Developed an annual volleyball tournament based around a Pink theme, which raised $15,000 in 2015. The funds are donated to local cancer centers, as well as local families affected by Breast Cancer.
•    Fund Raising for a Family Affected by Cancer
•    Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome
Impact on Community/Team:
“The AWSUM Club has continued to be a source of service for our school community, and through the canvasing nature of the student-athletes, it is no secret to our area that if people are needed or charity needs to happen, a call to our athletic department at our high school will result in immediate and willful action. We have fielded many more email and social media requests this year and we have answered them all, while continuing to lead athlete-led passion projects like those in the video. Recently, students from other schools have requested to visit our student-athletes and learn more about how to get the club (Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments) started, and we have supported the establishment of the club at two more high schools in the area. Additionally, some of the graduates of our school (and former student-athlete leaders) have returned to the community to establish a nonprofit charity, called "AWSUM Communities and Schools," and they have established a scholarship fund to award scholarships directly to graduating AWSUM Club leaders. The impact on the community continues to grow with every student-athlete's experience!”  Michael Landers, Team Sponsor/Coach/Adviser

North Henderson High School Women’s Basketball
Number of Student-Athletes: 10 Team Members
Number of People Served: Over 75 People
Social Impact: Helped develop a sense of community at N. Henderson by fostering acceptance for special needs students
Event: 
Special Olympics Participation: Team members taught special needs athletes basketball skills during adaptive PE sessions and conducted a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for teams made up of local students. During breaks team members socialized with the players to get to know the students and coaches. Helped fundraise for the Hope Elite Cheerleaders, a group of special needs individuals that performed during the tournament.

Pender High School Volleyball Team

Number of Student-Athletes: 33 Team Members
Number of People Served: Over 500 People
Social Impact: Over 450 hours of volunteer work
Events: 
•    Pen Pal Program: The team partnered with a third grade class which they wrote letters back and forth with. Each girl had one or two students they would write weekly to engage in light conversation and keep tabs on their learning progression.
•    Rally to Fight Hunger Food Drive: Collected non-perishable food items at local grocery stores. Donated over 1,200 pounds of food to the Pender Christian Services food bank.
•    Backpacks for Bears: With the money from the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup, the team purchased 15 backpacks and filled them with supplies from the teacher supply lists.
Community/Team Impact:
“ Tallied up we have completed nearly 450 man-hours of volunteer work, but the impact on the community will not be shown just through those projects and hours we have completed this year. Instead the values that these girls learn from the service completed will be used to impact their community many years in the future. I see these values develop in them over the four years they are with me and it never ceases to amaze me just the type of kids I am lucky enough to work with. Our final project before completing this application was the pancake breakfast. Just watching those girls serve tables, how they interacted with folks, their willingness to do whatever was needed, applying the skills they have worked to develop was an outstanding feeling.”       Matt Davis. Team Sponsor/Coach

Rocky Mount High School
Number of Student-Athletes: All Student-Athletes
Number of People Served: Video played prior to athletic events. 
Social Impact: Promoted sportsmanship and school spirit
Event:  Produced a sportsmanship video  “Building Gryphon Pride Through Tradition, Team Work, and Respect”
1.Rocky Mount High School has a legacy to protect that spans many years which includes coaches, athletes, and fans.
2) Gyphon Pride is expected at all athletic events by coaches, athletes, and spectators.
3)To promote sportsmanship throughout our school and community Rocky Mount theme is based on continuing our winning tradition by including our past with our future.

 

   

2014-2015 Commissioner Cup Recipients

Charlotte Catholic High School Wrestling Team
Event: 
Holy Angels Invitational Wrestling Tournament: Created an annual tournament with the proceeds donated to the Holy Angels, an organization that offers quality care for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Sixty wrestling teams from the Carolinas participated. Raised over $7,000 in 2014 and has a goal of $10,000 or more in future events.

Garner Magnet High School
Event: 
March Madness Event: Organized by members of various athletic programs at GMHS. Student leaders teach adaptive PE students basketball skills over the course of several months before a basketball game that puts students up against the adaptive PE class members and teachers with a fan section made up of the student body.

Mount Pleasant High School Awsum Club
AWSUM = “Athletes Who Share Unselfish Moments”
Event: 
Breast Cancer Awareness Event: Developed an annual volleyball tournament based around a Pink theme, which raised $15,000 in 2015. The funds are donated to local cancer centers, as well as local families affected by Breast Cancer.

North Henderson High School Women’s Basketball
Event: 
Special Olympics Participation: Team members taught special needs athletes basketball skills during adaptive PE sessions and invited them to a regular season game. Conducted at “Hot Shot” competition and collected over $300 during a “Miracle Minute” during the game.

Parkwood High School JV Cheer Team

Events: 
Six Months of Service: A program where each student-athlete completes six months of community service in order to give back to a variety of organizations.

Pender High School Volleyball Team

Events: 
Blueberry Festival Pancake Breakfast: Assisted with the cooking, cleaning and serving of the event. Sold over 800 tickets to help raise funds for college scholarships given to high school students in five local counties.
Rally to Fight Hunger Food Drive: Collected non-perishable food items at local grocery stores. Donated over 1,200 pounds of food to the Pender Christian Services food bank.
Pink Out Game: Sold Pink Out t-shirts and ribbons. Raised $1,300 for local families burdened by large medical bills and donated a portion to the Women of Hope Organization. 

Southern Durham High School Cheer Team
Event: 
Emerald Pond Retirement Community: Hosted a “Senior Prom” and spent time creating relationships between residents and the student athletes.

Swain High School Cheer Team
Events: 
Toys for Tots: Solicited donations and collected toys. Organized a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses.
Breast Cancer Awareness Event