COLUMBUS - The Joe Sestitio—Kathryn Buckerfield Sportsmanhip Award, presented annually to a parish exhibiting excellent sportsmanship by the Diocesan Recreation Association, was presented to St. Vincent De Paul Parish from Mount Vernon during the pregame at the Columbus Clippers Catholic Family Night on May 17.

Representatives from St. Vincent, including pastor Father Hammond, principal Mrs. Martha Downs and Athletic Director, Mr. Doug Brenneman were joined on the field by Mr. Julius Palazzo, the Boys Diocesan Director; Mr. Jeff Martin, Boys Commissioner; and Ms. Marty Raines, the Girls Diocesan Director and Associate Director of the Diocesan Recreation Association for the presentation of the plaque to St. Vincent.

In addition, a St. Vincent student will receive a $500 grant towards their tuition.

A ceremonial first pitch thrown by Maggie Richardson. Maggie, a 4th grader, plays volleyball, basketball and runs track for the Blue Streaks.

St. V award at Clippers

L to R: Julius Palazzo, Father Hammond, Martha Downs, Doug Brenneman, Marty Raines, Jeff Martin - photo submitted