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The Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award is an annual recognition of junior student athletes who exemplify phenomenal character both in their sport and in the classroom. It is awarded to those who emulate respect, honesty, reliability, a positive attitude, and the willingness to be selfless. For the 2013-14 year, Riley Heiduk of San Marcos was honored. She definitely embodies the qualities that teachers and coaches look for in the individuals they nominate, in addition to being a wonderful person to be around. “Riley is so amazing! She is the most thoughtful and caring person. She’s supportive and kind and so deserving of this recondition,” said junior Amanda Chung.
Riley is very involved in the community, volunteering her time for the past 5 years in the National Charity League and with such organizations as Safety Town, the Dream Foundation, and the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. She is the president of the Dream Team Club at SM, which does projects during lunch to serve the Dream Foundation. Also at school, she is a part of the AAPLE Academy and Varsity teams for both swimming and waterpolo.
Riley most certainly deserved the Phil Womble Award for being an outstanding, accomplished, bright, polite, and sweet young lady. She said of her honoring, “I was so humbled to receive such an award, but I wouldn’t be anywhere with out my friends, family, coaches, and teammates who exemplify such great values and ethics.” While Riley may praise what she has learned from people in her life, everyone who meets her gains so much more.