OHS stu­dents awarded schol­ar­ship

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ONEIDA » The Oneida Fam­ily YMCA awarded the first Frank “Coach Di” Schol­ar­ship on Mon­day, Nov. 27 to Austin DaPrano and Maddy Sheedy, both stu­dents at Oneida City School Dis­trict.

DaPrano and Sheedy re­ceived a one-year mem­ber­ship to the Y in honor of Frank DiChristina for demon­strat­ing char­ac­ter traits that DiChristina val­ued and prac­ticed in his daily life: hon­esty, ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment, fair­ness and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

DiChristina was in­volved for 53 years within the Tri-Val­ley League, in­clud­ing terms as pres­i­dent, vice-pres­i­dent and chair­man of many com­mit- tees. A fix­ture at Chit­te­nango High School, he was ath­letic direc­tor in ad­di­tion to coach­ing base­ball, foot­ball, cross­coun­try and wrestling.

As ath­letic direc­tor, DiChristina ex­panded the school’s sports pro­grams from 10 to 60. His Chit­te­nango High School base­ball teams (1956-1997) won more than 350 games, five Tri-Val­ley ti­tles and he was hon­ored three times as coach of the year. As an ath­lete in his own right, he played four years of foot­ball at Brock­port, cap­tain­ing the 1955 team. He also played base­ball for two years.

DiChristina worked for the Oneida Fam­ily YMCA for

15 years with peo­ple of all ages and abil­ity lev­els and treated each one as if they were his own mis­sion. But, his true love was work­ing with young adults, to help them be­come healthy and pro­duc­tive with true char­ac­ter.

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Austin DaPrano and Maddy Sheedy both re­ceive the Frank “Coach Di” Schol­ar­ship from the Oneida Fam­ily YMCA on Mon­day, Nov. 27, 2017.

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