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University Lab’s Charlie Garrison Named 2021-2022 Gatorade Louisiana Boys Football Player of the Year – Crescent City Sports

CHICAGO (June 16, 2022) β€” In its 37th year of honoring the nation’s top high school athletes, Gatorade today named University Laboratory School’s Charlie Garrison the 2021-2022 Louisiana Gatorade Boys’ Football Player of the Year. Garrison is Louisiana’s first Gatorade Boys Football Player of the Year, selected from the Collegiate Lab School.

The award, which honors not only outstanding athletic performance but also high academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field, makes Garrison the top Louisiana high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious national Gatorade Boys’ Player of the Year award to be announced in June, Garrison is joining an elite association of state award-winning alumni in 12 sports, including Alexi Lalas (1987-88, high school Cranbrook, Michigan). ), Steve Cherundolo (1996-97, Mount Carmel High School, California), Abby Wambach (1997-98, Our Lady of Mercy Young Women’s School, New York), Heather O’Reilly (2001-02 and 2002-03 , Intermediate East Brunswick High School, NJ), Matt Besler (2004-05, Blue Valley West High School, Kansas), Jack Harrison (2013-14, Berkshire High School, Massachusetts) and Mallory Pugh (2014-15, Mountain Vista High School, Colorado).

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior linebacker had 23 goals and 15 assists last season to lead the Cubs (21-2-3) to a Division 3 state championship. Garrison was also a two-time State First Team honoree. and was selected to the All-Metro First Team. He was also named Division 3 Offensive MVP.

Garrison volunteered locally on behalf of the Pet Alliance, neighborhood cleanup initiatives, and the US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program serving young athletes with disabilities. “Charlie Garrison has been the most dominant player we’ve faced this season,” said Trey Labat, head coach at Archbishop Hannan High School. β€œHe is hardworking, dynamic and dangerous. He really controlled the varsity midfield.”

Garrison maintained a 4.13 GPA in the class. He signed a National Letter of Intent to play football on a scholarship to the University of Alabama at Huntsville this fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes one winner each year in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ football, baseball, softball. , and Athletics for Boys and Girls, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which uses experts including coaches, scouts, the media and others as sources to evaluate and determine the state’s winners in each sport.

Garrison joins recent Gatorade Louisiana Boys Footballers of the Year Jordan Schumacher (2020-21, Luscher Charter School), Zane Zezulka (2019-2020, Dutchtown High School), Conner Walmsley (2018-19, St. Paul’s School) and Shane. Lanson (2017-18, Jesuit High School) is on the list of former state award winners.

Gatorade has a long history of serving the athlete community and understands how the sport instills valuable skills for life on and off the field. Through Gatorade’s “Play it Forward” platform, Garrison has the opportunity to provide a $1,000 grant to a local or national organization of their choice that helps young athletes realize the benefits of playing sports. Garrison is also eligible to submit a short video explaining why their chosen organization deserves one of twelve $10,000 grants to be announced throughout the year. To date, Gatorade Player of the Year winners have awarded more than $3.5 million in grants to over 1,300 organizations.

Since the program’s inception in 1985, Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients have won hundreds of professional and collegiate championships, and many have also become mainstays in their communities as coaches, business owners, and educators.

To learn more about the Gatorade Player of the Year program, view past winners or nominate student athletes, visit playeroftheyear.gatorade.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/GatoradePOY, Instagram at instagram.com/Gatorade and Twitter at twitter.com/Gatorade.

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