Central Ohioans receive national sports and prevention honors

Posted on: December 15, 2015 1:00 pm

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Major League Baseball Charities presented their sixth annual Commissioner's "Play Healthy" awards in early December. Two Ohioans received the honor.

Cameron Justice, a senior baseball player at Dublin Coffman High School outside Columbus, received the Youth Coach award for his volunteer work with Teen Institute and Youth to Youth, both youth-led prevention programs, and the Youth Council of Dublin ACT, the local community coalition.

Chad Smock, girls lacrosse coach at Hilliard Davidson High School -- also a Columbus suburb -- was recognized with the Youth Coach award. Smock is on staff at CompDrug, a prevention and treatment agency in Franklin County, home to Youth to Youth, another youth-led prevention program. Smock graduated from the Youth to Youth program many years ago.

The awards are presented to youth and adults who show dedication to fair, drug-free play and an overall healthy lifestyle. Smock and Justice traveled to New York City to receive their honors. The two were chosen from over 300 nominations submitted from across the U.S.