CLARION, Pa. – Connor Exley of Keystone is the Clarion Rehab Services/C.H.A.M.P. (Clarion Hospital Athletic Medicine Program) Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2018-19 school year.
(Photo (left to right): Seth Babington, Owner of Clarion Rehab; Holly Bachman Keystone Athletic Trainer; Connor Exley; Kari Best, Director of Sports Medicine for Clarion Rehab/C.H.A.M.P.; John Stroup, Clarion Hospital Foundation Director. Submitted photo)
Exley recently graduated from Keystone where he participated in basketball, baseball and track. He was also a member of the National Honor Society, basketball club, a member of the band, and was crowned Keystone’s Prom King. He was the recipient of multiple excellence in academic awards, was the Knox Lions Club Student of the Month in September, and was Keystone’s graduating class of 2019 Valedictorian. His hobbies include powerlifting, basketball, baseball, track, volleyball, and volunteering for events in the community such as Weekend for Warriors and helping with American Red Cross blood drives.
“Everyone I speak to regarding Connor has wonderful things to say about him,” Clarion Rehab owner Seth Babington said. “He is well-rounded, hard-working and a great young man. We are very excited about Connor’s future.”
Exley will attend Penn State Behrend for Electrical Engineering.
“Connor is truly one of the most polite and respectful students I’ve had the pleasure to work with,” Keystone athletic trainer Holly Bachman said. “ His successes both athletically and academically speak volumes about his work ethic, dedication, and character.”
Exley said the most inspiring people in his life include both his parents as well as all the coaches and teammates who have supported him over the years.
“Connor demonstrates exactly what we look for in our student-athlete of the month and year winners,” Best said. “He is hard working, excels in the classroom and the community. He is a good teammate and classmate and will go on to do great things in his future.” Connor states that the most inspiring people in his life include “both his parents as well as all the coaches and teammates that have supported me over the years.”
Clarion Rehab/C.H.A.M.P and the Clarion Hospital Foundation presented Connor with a $500 scholarship.
Clarion Rehab and C.H.A.M.P contract certified athletic trainers to four local school districts, Clarion Area, Clarion-Limestone, Keystone and North Clarion. Each month throughout the school year, the C.H.A.M.P Athletic Trainers nominate one of their current athletes for the Student-Athlete of the Month. At the end of the school year, one of those monthly winners is named Student-Athlete of the Year. The winner must not only excel in athletics but also in the classroom and community.