11 Athletes Recognized by Positive Athlete

The Positive Athlete Foundation of Georgia recently recognized 11 DeKalb County student-athletes and two coaches for their positive approach to athletics and academics.

Former Super Bowl MVP, Hines Ward, founded Positive Athlete to recognize student-athletes for more than their athletic achievements. Those nominated for the awards each year can have one or all three attributes including overcoming difficult circumstances in life, giving back to their communities and schools or having an infectious positive attitude.  Read full article here.

Jack Fiscella, Dunwoody
Heading to the University of Tennessee this fall Dunwoody senior, Jack Fiscella, is a loved and respected member of the student body.

As a former Dunwoody lacrosse player, the senior had to forego his final season due to multiple concussions which forced the vocal team leader and captain out of the game. His love of the sport did not deter him. He realized he could still be an active leader and player developer. He has a passionate focus on coaching and never lost his sense of optimism while serving as a role model for his peers.

Two DeKalb coaches were also recognized as Regional Positive Athlete Award winners for their work coaching their sport, teaching and working in their communities.

Marshal Peters, Chamblee
Selected as an Alternative Athlete, Chamblee’s Marshall Peters is known as one of the most caring and popular athletes in his high school.

The 6’2”, 260-pound athlete provides a glowing example to his teammates and others while participating in the swimming and baseball programs at Chamblee High. Be it serving as an anchor on the relay, performing a double flip while coming off the diving board or playing first base on the diamond and being asked to steal following a base hit, Peters inspires others by his willingness to get out there and give it his best.

His gift of gab has landed him a role as the PA announcer for the volleyball and softball teams at Chamblee. He takes all AP courses in school and serves as Secretary of the Student Government Association. He works with preschoolers at his church, is an active member in the YMCA Leaders Club, coaching, refereeing and teaching swimming. He was also voted Homecoming King this past year by his peers.

Mike Nash, Dunwoody
A relentless worker at Dunwoody High School and in the Dunwoody community is Head Football Coach Mike Nash.

He quietly works hard for his students, athletes and community in a year-round mode during the football season and beyond—raising money for needed school equipment, facility upgrades, off-season fitness programs, camps and volunteering at a local nursing home and throughout the community.

Nash instills a philosophy of “family” to bind the athletes while building character and leadership in the young men and students he leads. The athletes can earn FAMILY t-shirts and wear them with pride in their school and community.