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Mount Carmel senior Charlie Johnson of Beverly, Chicago was recognized as one of 10 winners for the 2018 Victor Zeinfeld “Spirit of Perseverance” Award in conjunction with Northbrook, IL-based, The Charity Stripe. Andy and Suzanne Zeinfeld presented Charlie with the $1,000 cash prize to help further his education during a Friday, April 13ceremony attended by Mount Carmel administrators, basketball coaches, family members and Charity Stripe representatives.

In fulfilling a wish to honor their late father’s love and passion for basketball as well as his meritorious service in WWII, Mr. and Mrs. Zeinfeld judged essay nominations from high school basketball coaches throughout Illinois including Phil Segroves (Beverly, Chicago), varsity coach at Mount Carmel High School. This award is based on how well they exemplified the spirit of perseverance and demonstrated true character to themselves, their teammates, schools, and communities.

According to the Zeinfeld’s, “Our father attributed much of his success off the court to so many lessons he learned on the basketball court: the importance of commitment, dedication, leadership, sportsmanship, and perseverance; to be part of a cohesive team, to compete honestly and fairly regardless of the game’s outcome. To inspire and motivate others through your attitude and actions and, above all, never ever quit.”

They added, “We hope this award will inspire young basketball players to maximize their abilities and demonstrate perseverance against all challenges and successfully overcome all adversities throughout their lives.”

Mount Carmel varsity basketball coach Phil Segroves oversaw Johnson’s development and knew almost immediately that his starting guard was the perfect candidate for this award.

“Charlie has shown an incredible amount of leadership on and off the court and I couldn’t be prouder of all that he’s accomplished,” said Segroves, who recently concluded his second season as the Caravan’s head coach for the varsity team.  “He’s always been a great kid that never put his head down in the face of a challenge. This honor given to him is a true testament to all of that.”

Mitch Salzstein, Executive Director of The Charity Stripe continued, “We’re so thrilled to team up with Andy and Suzanne to help honor their father, Victor. As a charitable organization featuring basketball events, it's amazing to help recognize these young players who lead by example, inspire others and aspire to make our world a better place.”


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