Announcements and Important Events
Congratulations to Central Valley senior Kaitlyn Lyons for being selected a 2019 Positive Athlete Western PA for Girls’ Basketball. Kaitlyn was one of over 1,000 nominations submitted from 150 Western Pennsylvania schools by coaches, principals, athletic directors and parents.
In addition to their accomplishments on the field, each of the nominated Positive Athletes are also role models in their schools, are involved in charitable causes, have already learned the meaning of giving back at an early age, and many have overcome difficult circumstances and remained positive.
At Central Valley Kaitlyn was a 3-year letterwinner in girls’ volleyball and a 4-year letterwinner in girls’ basketball, serving as team captain for both teams. She and her basketball teammates put together the most successful season in the Lady Warriors nine-year history.
However, all of her athletic successes didn’t come without adversity. In February 2017, during a basketball game, she fractured her tibia and tore her ACL and lateral meniscus in her left knee. It required reconstructive surgery, followed by six months of intense physical therapy. Four months after her surgery Kaitlyn was unable to straighten her leg, requiring another surgery. She turned from a starter to a cheerleader for her teammates during her recovery.
The 8th annual awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, June 17th at the Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum In Pittsburgh. Student-athletes representing 30 different boys and girls high school sports will be eligible to win over $15,000 in corporately sponsored scholarships, presented by former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward.
Kaitlyn and the other Positive Athlete winners will also be given a private tour of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and UPMC Rooney Sports Complex and on-field recognition at the Pittsburgh Pirates game on Wednesday, June 18th.
Kaitlyn is the daughter of Mark and Kathy Lyons. She will be attending Gannon University, where she was accepted into their five year Physical Therapy program.