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Holmes Wins FHSAA Spirit of Sport Award

The Florida High School Athletic Association announced Thursday the winners of the second annual Roger Dearing Heart of the Awards Award and Roger Dearing Spirit of Sport Award. Joshua Koolik (Pine Crest School) took home the Heart of the Arts honor, with Courtney Holmes (Christopher Columbus Boys Catholic High School) earning the Spirit of Sport accolade.

Both nominees exemplified quality sportsmanship, surpassed standard expectations, and have excelled through various adversities. Koolik and Holmes will both receive a $1,500 scholarship in their names on behalf of the FHSAA.  

Roger Dearing Spirit of Sport Award
Courtney Holmes, Christopher Columbus Boys Catholic High School – Holmes is a two-time track & field State Champion in the 4x400 meter and a member of the 2019 8A Football State Championship team at Columbus. When he’s not on the track or field, he’s giving back to his community. He has participated in Super Kids- Super Sharing, where he helped collect school supplies and sports equipment to help underprivileged children in the greater Miami area. Holmes is also a volunteer football coach for the youth football league and an active member of 5000 Role Models where he is mentored and mentors “at-risk” youth through guidance and educational assistance. His success has not come easy though, he has faced and overcome unimaginable trials and tribulations. At a young age, his father left his family, and his mother was killed in a hit and run. This led him to living with his aunt and cousins, who a year later, he came home and found murdered. Along with those tragedies, he faced major setbacks. During his sophomore year, he tore his ACL and had reconstructive knee surgery. After overcoming that injury, he was shot during the summer of his senior year. While Holmes was fighting for his life, all that was on his mind was making it back in time to support his team in the upcoming football season. He prevailed through it all and returned in time for football season. Holmes is the definition of a fighter and someone whose positive spirit for life despite his experiences shines bright.

Click here to read more about Joshua Koolik from the Pine Crest School. 
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Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

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