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Emmaus Field Hockey Player and Nazareth Area High School Wrestler Named Lehigh Valley Health Network and Coordinated Health Athlete of the Year

Emmaus High School field hockey player Bailey Tietz and Nazareth Area High School wrestler Drew Clearie were named Lehigh Valley Health Network and Coordinated Health Athlete of the Year during the live virtual broadcast on PBS39 May 18. Each athlete was surprised at home with a live interview during the broadcast and was awarded a $10,000 scholarship based on athletic accomplishments, academics and community involvement.

The Athlete of the Year event is the culminating celebration of the Athlete of the Week program, sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network and Coordinated Health. The 32-week program, featured in The Morning Call, gives the public an opportunity to vote for three male and female student-athletes weekly. Each weekly winner receives a $500 scholarship.

During this year’s event all 50 Athlete of the Week winners were recognized. Also, four-time WNBA champion with Seattle Storm and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird spoke virtually about perseverance and her experience as a student-athlete turned professional athlete.

Several other awards were also announced during the event including:

  • Community Support Award – Emily Jobes, track and field, Liberty High School

  • Comeback Player of the Year – Tanner Ritter, football, Emmaus High School

  • The Morning Call Boys Coach of the Year – Dennis Csensits, basketball, Allentown Central Catholic

  • The Morning Call Girls Coach of the Year – Sue Butz-Stavin, field hockey, Emmaus High School

  • The Morning Call Female Fan Favorite – Trinity Williams, basketball, Palisades High School

  • The Morning Call Male Fan Favorite – Jayden Williams, football, Allentown Central Catholic

  • The Morning Call Team Fan Favorite – Bethlehem Catholic girls volleyball

“We are incredibly inspired by our Athlete of the Week winners for the outstanding accomplishments and the contributions they have made to their community. We are truly glad to be a partner in their journey,” says Amy Nyberg, President, Coordinated Health.

The Athlete of the Year event was supported by PBS39 as the Premier Production Partner and The Morning Call as the Premier Media Partner. You can watch the event on the PBS39 Facebook page or PBS39.com/aoty.

Lehigh Valley Health Network and Coordinated Health’s Athlete of the Year is the region’s largest scholarship program for student-athletes with over $250,000 in scholarships being awarded since it began in 2013.

About LVHN

LVHN includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is ranked as the region’s No.1 hospital for seven straight years and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top six hospitals for seven consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org or following us on Facebook , Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.