Herricks High School senior Anthony Polo was awarded the Long Island Association of Football Officials (LIAFO) Conference 1 Unsung Hero Award.
The LIAFO recognizes students considered to be the most dedicated and over-achieving varsity athletes who typically receive little playing time.
These are the players whose participation requires personal sacrifice with little recognition, but without whom there would be no team.
Polo received this award based on his terrific work ethic and his willingness to help the team in any way he can.
“Anthony is an absolute dream to coach,” Assistant Coach Daniel Doherty said. “He is 140 pounds soaking wet and is the toughest player on the field. He gives 100 percent every minute of every practice and game. He is the most conditioned athlete on the team and has been that way for two years.
“Anthony is also a quiet leader,” Doherty said. “He is not one to yell or bark orders at his teammates, but when it is time to clean up the field or put out the equipment he is the first one there to take on the task.”
Off the field, Polo is a dedicated Boy Scout that has taken on a leadership role within that organization.
He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average in mostly honors and Advanced Placement courses.
Anthony is hoping to pursue a career in Engineering and is applying to the US Naval Academy and Air Force in addition to other prestigious colleges.
This award came with a $1,500 scholarship.