West Hempstead Senior Honored For Receiving Unsung Hero Award

West Hempstead Senior Honored For Receiving Unsung Hero Award photo
West Hempstead High School senior Latrell Rawlins was recognized for receiving the Unsung Hero Award from the Long Island Association of Football Officials Foundation at the district’s Board of Education meeting on Feb. 13.

Principal Al Escobar, Athletic Director Christopher Mistretta and Board President Karen Brohm presented Rawlins with an achievement certificate during the meeting as recognition for his athletic prowess and exceptional character. Rawlins received the award at the Nassau County Football Awards Dinner on Dec. 6.

“Latrell, West Hempstead is very, very proud of you, as I know your family is,” said Superintendent Patricia Sullivan-Kriss.

A multi-sport athlete, Rawlins joined the varsity football team in 2016 and played running back and strong safety. He helped lead the Rams to the playoffs this past season and a near first-round upset against eventual Long Island Class IV champion Seaford. He garnered a reputation for attending all practices and games along with encouraging his teammates to play at their best.

“It means a lot to me that I’m being honored,” Rawlins said.

According to its website, the LIAFO honors student-athletes who embody true sportsmanship and teamwork. Rawlins was among four students in Nassau County to receive the Unsung Hero Award based on his love of the game, strong work ethic and willingness to help his team in any way he can.