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Benjamin Russell Athletic Director Pam Robinson wins prestigious award
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

By Lizi Arbogast

Published 11:55 am Monday, June 25, 2018

There’s no question Pam Robinson does a lot for the athletic program at Benjamin Russell. Not only is she the athletic director, she was also a longtime softball coach and just recently stepped down as volleyball coach after two decades.

But even still, when Robinson received the call she had been selected as a 2018 Making a Difference Award recipient, she was blown away.

“When they called me, I was overwhelmed,” she said. “It was very humbling.”

The Making a Difference Award is given to one individual among each of the seven classes who goes above and beyond their normal duties to make a positive impact in their schools and communities. It can be given to a coach, teacher or administrator.

“The recipients in this 2018 Making a Difference class are excellent examples of men and women who take their positions as role models for their students, faculty and community very seriously,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said in a press release. “Each has had a major positive impact in their communities and schools and across the state and are excellent choices for what this award stands for.

“This award is the most important honor a professional educator in our state can receive. Characteristics considered for this prestigious award include the recipient’s character, integrity and service, all of which have enabled these individuals to have a life-changing impact on the community or school where they serve.”

Robinson was among two principals, three athletics directors and two coaches who were selected for this year’s award.

Other recipients include Class 1A’s Jake Hayes, a longtime coach and teacher and current principal at Brilliant High School; 2A’s Jim Bob Striplin, the athletic director at Geneva County; 3A’s Anthony McCall, athletic director at Montgomery Academy; 4A’s Frances Dunn, a longtime coach at Greensboro; 5A’s Stanley Johnson, Lawrence County’s cross country coach; and 7A’s Clem Richardson, the principal at Baker since 2003.

“Just at our school alone, there are so many coaches that make a difference in the lives of children,” Robinson said. “There’s so many I can think of just off the top of my head, so it was very humbling to even be nominated, much less selected.”

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