Seth Polansky
Sports Information Coordinator

BBB Pacific Southwest recognizes ethics in athletes with scholarships

June 14, 2022 by Seth Polansky, AZPreps365


River Valley's Michael Dulin and Mountain Pointe's MiMi Harris are awarded their scholarships at the AIA's 2022 Champions Gala. (Mark Jones photo/MaxPreps)

In partnership with Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) for its sixth year, Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) selected two high school student-athletes as winners in the BBB Ethical Athlete scholarship program.

Through community and self-nominations, high school students are evaluated by a panel of judges for their ability to uphold integrity in the face of ethical and personal challenges when playing a sport on and off the court. The scholarship honors these behaviors and their positive influence on others.

2022 BBB Ethical Athlete Scholarship Winners

  • MiMi Harris from Mountain Pointe High School
  • Michael Dulin from River Valley High School

Mimi Harris was nominated by Coach Nicole Harrison, who shared, “Instead of accepting a win in a dishonest way during a critical game, MiMi Harris approached a volleyball referee who didn’t see the actual play that was called. She told the referee the truth, which resulted in her team losing the game. But parents, coaches and the referee commended Harris's integrity.”

“Harris also overcame mental health challenges with the support of others around her and created a website to provide resources to athletes suffering from mental health issues,” continued Harrison.

Michael Dulin was nominated by Coach Jonathan Clark, who shared, “After losing his mother at a young age, Michael Dulin is a committed young man who gives back to his community, takes care of his family, and is loyal to his friends. He has lettered in three sports while being the breadwinner of his family and primary caregiver of his father. I have witnessed this young man vouch to get his friends jobs, take them places, and even give them money when they need it. He is an upstanding young man, one that I hope my son will be like one day.”

Arizona high school athletes must have a GPA of at least 2.75, enrolled in an AIA sanctioned school while participating in an AIA sanctioned sport were eligible to be nominated for the scholarship. Applications for next year’s scholarship will open on August 1, 2022 at athlete.bbbcommunity.org.

Value
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About the Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest
For more than 100 years, the Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2020, people turned to BBB more than 220 million times for BBB Business Profiles on 6.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at BBB.org. The International Association of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for the local, independent BBBs in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest serves Greater Arizona and Southern California, providing critical tools to ignite success including mentorship, online products and access to capital. Our objective expertise educates the community on ethical behavior in the marketplace and how businesses can build trust.

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