Craig T. White was a special education and physical education teacher, basketball coach and athletic director at Old Mill High School. Throughout his career he personally exhibited, and expected of his athletes, the highest standards of character, integrity and service to those in need. Craig lost a heroic battle with a rare melanoma in 2015. During even the worst days of his sickness he came to work with a smile on his face, gave his coaches and athletes a positive role model to look up to and always looked for opportunities to help others lighten their load. His legacy lives on in the hearts of all the teachers, coaches and athletes who are inspired to face every day with the same courage, compassion and joy they saw in Craig during his life.
In response to Craig’s shining example, the athletic directors of Anne Arundel County Public Schools commissioned a Craig T. White Sportsmanship and Service Award to be given out by every high school each year. The teams recognized with this award have demonstrated the same outstanding characteristics of on-field sportsmanship and off-field service that were the cornerstones of Craig’s philosophy. The Old Mill Athletics Department is proud to recognize this year’s winners, congratulates to them on achieving such a high level of character and thanks them for their service to the community.
Sportsmanship Award – Old Mill Field Hockey – Coach Heather Arnold
The Old Mill Field Hockey Team hosted a “Black Out Game” in memory of former Old Mill Athletic Director Craig White and to raise money for the Melanoma Research Foundation on Wednesday September 27th in their game against Glen Burnie. Players, coaches, and fans from both teams wore black to support the event. Field Hockey Players made signs and decorated the stadium in black for the game. Coach Whites daughter, Cameron, sang the national anthem at the beginning of the game. During half-time Old Mill and Glen Burnie cheered on as the St. Johns 7th and 8th grade field hockey teams scrimmaged each other. The evening was a huge success and fun was had by all players, fans, and administration.
Service Award – Old Mill Swim Team – Coach Ellen Hays
The Old Mill Swim team participated in 3 major service projects this season.
- We had a winter clothing drive where we collected hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and jackets from all of the swim teams at every meet we had. We collected over 15 bags of clothing.
- We raised over $1400 for Swim Across America in a swim a thon to support cancer research at Hopkins Hospital.
- We participated in Challenge Day, a Special Olympics field day at Ruth Eason School, a special education center. Swimmers volunteered their time to help special needs students play games, do crafts, dance and enjoy a fun filled day!