Nyla Jamison, center, with mother, Margaret Lewis, and father, Wayne Jamison.
Bill Ford/Courtesy photo
Nyla Jamison awarded Marty Mart scholarship
The 2013 Marty Mart Spring Scholarship has been awarded to Nyla Jamison, CYO basketball player and eighth grade student at St. Leander Catholic School, San Leandro. The presentation was made at the school's graduation ceremony on June 1.
Nyla has participated in CYO basketball since the third grade. She is also active in Emerging Youth Leaders and in the Feed the Hungry organization. She helps her mother, a middle school teacher at a Hayward public school, tutoring special education students.
In her scholarship essay, Nyla wrote: "The CYO league is not just for playing sports and having fun. CYO is also about being a good leader, friend and companion, on and off the court."
Greg Carrasco, her coach at St. Leander CYO, said "Nyla has a true passion for the game and has always conducted herself as a true Christian leader. She is always encouraging and supportive to those around her and I believe reflects the true meaning of CYO."
Nyla's mother, Margaret Lewis, was graduated from St. Patrick Catholic School (now St. Martin De Porres School) and St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland. After playing basketball at St. Elizabeth, she attended the University of California at Santa Barbara on a basketball scholarship. She now teaches math for the Hayward Unified School District. Nyla, like her mother, will attend St. Elizabeth High School in the fall.
The CYO Office has awarded the Marty Mart Scholarship twice annually for the past 10 years to outstanding CYO participants, one in girls' CYO volleyball, awarded last January, and another for participants in other CYO sports. The award is given on the candidates' expression of Christian values experienced in sports and their ability to work with teammates and with other teams in exhibiting those Christian values. Athletic talent is not considered. Candidates submit an application asking for their reflections on their "athletic abilities, sportsmanship, and the effects of their CYO participation on the daily life and their faith." They are also asked to provide a reference from an adult who is significant in their lives.
The $500 scholarship is named in honor of the late Marty Mart, former assistant diocesan CYO director, who passed away in 2002. The scholarship is funded entirely through private donations.
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