BCPS athlete scores Brittney Reese Allied Sports Scholarship

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BCPS athlete scores Brittney Reese Allied Sports Scholarship

Scholarship recognizes outstanding character, sportsmanship

TOWSON, MD. – Bailey Weinkam, a recent Catonsville High School graduate, received the 2014 Brittney Reese Allied Sports Scholarship.

Presented during a ceremony held at Catonsville High on May 21, the scholarship recognizes a senior student-athlete who has participated in at least two allied sports and has demonstrated outstanding character and sportsmanship. Weinkam, who will attend the Community College of Baltimore County in the fall, earned the scholarship for her involvement with Catonsville High’s Allied Bowling and Softball teams.

Born with hearing loss, Weinkam received a cochlear implant at age four. While the implant aimed to promote language and speech development, Weinkam also enrolled in BCPS’s adaptive learning programs to further that end. By high school, Weinkam’s progress in the programs enabled her pursue an interest in sports. During her freshman year, she joined Catonsville High’s Allied Bowling team and, during her junior and senior years, she earned the title of Most Valuable Player. She also played for Catonsville High’s Allied Softball team during her senior year.

Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Athletics created the Allied Sports program during the 1994-1995 academic year. The all-inclusive program, which includes soccer in the fall, bowling in the winter and softball in the spring, provides students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in sports alongside their non-disabled peers in an interscholastic format. To commemorate the achievements of students involved in this program, Brittney Reese, an Olympic gold medalist in the women’s long jump, and Mark Pryor, owner of World Express Athletic Management, founded the Brittney Reese Allied Sports Scholarship program in 2013.