Two girls from Bethany and a boy from Yukon were chosen as the first winners of the Chris Chamberlain Challenge Award, given by the nonprofit organization FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education).
The award is given to outstanding high school athletes in Oklahoma who do the most to promote substance-free living among their teams and classmates.
Yukon's Clay Mattox, a cross country and track athlete, was named the male winner of the Chamberlain Challenge, which is named for former Bethany quarterback Chris Chamberlain, now a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints.
Mattox has been actively involved as a leader of the YuCan Coalition, a substance abuse prevention at Yukon.
“He has organized fundraisers and lobbied at the state capitol for passage of the Social Host law,” said Yukon superintendent Kent Mathers. “You know whenever Clay steps into a classroom or onto a field, he is going to perform with class and desire.”
Bethany soccer players Caitlyn Biggers and Angela Clifton shared the female athlete award, after being nominated together by their coach, Angie Kelly.
After taking part in FATE's online program, Oklahoma Life of an Athlete, the two players wrote a team pledge to encourage their teammates to remain substance-free.
“The team commitment included not only staying substance free but also holding each other accountable and thinking of the team before themselves,” Kelly said.
The Bethany girls went to the state championship game for the first time ever this season.
The idea for the award was inspired by Chamberlain's actions in 2003, when he and his teammates committed to stop using harmful substances, including cigarettes and alcohol, and went on to win a state championship.
A video of Chamberlain's story, as well as more information about the Oklahoma Life of an Athlete program is available online at www.fate.com.
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