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Junior named Character Counts Scholarship finalist
Williams Field High School junior Lindsay O’Driscoll collected nearly 1,000 cans for United Food Bank before she completed eighth grade. Now, the JV softball player is a Parker and Son’s Character Counts Scholarship finalist for her lifelong integrity, thoughtfulness, work ethic and more.
The scholarship finalists — made up of 10 monthly nominees who exhibit strong character as athletes — were honored at a Taking Stick Resort Arena banquet in late February. Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s website featured each student, following interviews and tours at the ESPN’s studio. The students also received trophies, $100 gift cards and 10 Arizona sports game tickets.
“The fact that I just got into the top 10 was really cool,” O’Driscoll said. “The kid who did win it really deserved it, so much more than I did. I was really happy with the experience because it was something completely new.”
Janice O’Driscoll said she nominated her daughter because of her “personal, deep and genuine” commitment to helping others.
“Lindsay exudes what it means to have character that counts — the attributes that stem from the heart, not a requirement by family or school,” Janice O’Driscoll said. “She is a leader, a champion and a role model. I would nominate her again in a heartbeat.”
Even at 5 years old, Lindsay O’Driscoll was already delivering Christmas presents to shelters and collecting food for those in need.
“She was helping me make sandwiches for a homeless shelter with a huge smile on her face and questions about whether we should make more,” Janice O’Driscoll said.
Having her mother to encourage her volunteerism, always reminding her to “help others breathe easier,” is what Lindsay O’Driscoll said inspires her to think of others first to this day.
Now, on the field, she believes in being considerate, catering to others’ emotions, never attacking others.
Off the field, Lindsay O’Driscoll chooses to put philanthropy first, giving back during the school year through Feed My Starving Children and National Honor Society. In the summer, she commits 50 hours to helping patients and staff at Dignity Health through its Volunteen Program.
“A lot of times with high school, volunteerism gets pushed to the side because we’re balancing so much,” Lindsay O’Driscoll said. “But volunteerism should definitely be number one. Helping people should always be number one.”
O’Driscoll plans to work in the medical field, studying nursing in college before getting her master’s degree and becoming a physician’s assistant.