West Genesee graduate Scott Sidnam, a lacrosse goalie headed for Ithaca College this fall, is the 2012 recipient of the John Pepper Memorial Award for his contributions to lacrosse and the community on and off the field. With him is West Genesee boys lacrosse head coach Mike Messere.
As part of the activities surrounding the annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournaments, The John Pepper Memorial Athletic Fund, now in its 11th year, is proud to announce that Scott Sidnam is the recipient of the fifth annual John Pepper Memorial Award.
Scott is a resident of Camillus and a 2012 graduate of West Genesee High School. He is the son of Fran and Lisa Sidnam of Camillus and was the starting goalie for the Wildcats last spring. Scott will attend Ithaca College this fall and plans to continue his lacrosse career playing for the Bombers and coach Jeff Long.
“It came as a complete shock to me when Coach (Mike) Messere announced that I was the winner,” said Sidnam. I know the history of the award and that many former great players were also recipients of this prestigious honor. It is very humbling to be on the list of players who received the award. Winning this award is a tremendous honor for me.”
The John Pepper Memorial Athletic Fund was established in memory of John who was tragically taken in an automobile accident in 2001.
In 2002 a group of people, along with friends of the Pepper family, gathered together to start a lacrosse tournament in memory of John Pepper. The proceeds from the tournament promote the sport of lacrosse in the local community including the annual John Pepper Award.
“I have played in the John Pepper tournament since I can remember, and it has had a major impact on my lacrosse career,” said Sidnam. “The tournament was always one of the best days of the year for me and I know how important the memory of John Pepper is to the West Genesee lacrosse program.
For this award, the committee looked for a player from the West Genesee Wildcat team who exhibits all that John Pepper and the John Pepper Tournaments are committed to: sportsmanship, respect of the game, hard work, team work and camaraderie. Scott exemplified all of those traits on and off the field of play.