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Columbia Gas partners with Positive Athlete Pittsburgh and Hines Ward to provide Positive Energy Award; scholarship will recognize positive attitude and teamwork

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Inc., is partnering with Positive Athlete Pittsburgh and former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward to provide the Columbia Gas Positive Energy Award*, a scholarship recognizing a student-athlete who consistently brings a positive attitude to his or her respective team, school, or community.

“The Columbia Gas Positive Energy Award is unique because it recognizes a student-athlete for something other than athletic ability,” said Mike Huwar, president of Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. “This award recognizes a student’s positive attitude and teamwork, two characteristics we value on our Columbia Gas team.”

Former Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward and corporate sponsors will recognize approximately 30 high school students at the Positive High School Athlete Awards on June 13, 2017 at the Senator John Heinz History Center. From this group, one student-athlete will be selected to receive the Columbia Gas Positive Energy Award and a $1,000 scholarship.

"We are so excited that Columbia Gas is back again this year to support the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program", said Ward.  "Their commitment to our communities make them the ideal partner for the program."

“We encourage the public to get involved by nominating a student-athlete, a coach or their local high school for this recognition program,” said Huwar. “The nomination deadline is March 31, 2017.”

To learn more about the Positive Athlete Pittsburgh program and to submit a nomination, please visit www.pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org/awards/nominations.

*From approximately 30 high school student-athletes receiving the Positive High School Athlete Awards, Positive Athlete Pittsburgh will provide Columbia Gas with up to eight students who most consistently display a positive attitude to his or her respective team, school, or community. Columbia Gas will then choose the one student-athlete to receive the Columbia Gas Positive Energy Award and a $1,000 scholarship.

About Positive Athlete Pittsburgh
Positive Athlete, a subsidiary of parent company Celebrate Positive, LLC, is a group of high-character professional athletes who have teamed up to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition. Positive Athlete Pittsburgh’s website (http://pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org) and a monthly e-Magazine are designed to tell positive stories about the kind of role models our young athletes should aspire to be.

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