(From the U.S. Figure Skating press release) U.S. Figure Skating announced the 2012 Athlete Alumni Ambassador (3A) award recipients. The 3A award is a scholarship program that recognizes skaters who have achieved figure skating excellence while actively volunteering.
To earn a 3A award, skaters must have competed at the novice or junior level at the 2012 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the 2012 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championship. They were asked to submit an application detailing their volunteer work. The Athletes Advisory Committee selects one overall winner and five winners from each discipline (ladies, men’s pairs, ice dancing and synchronized). The overall winner receives $1,000 and the winners of each discipline receive $500 which can be used at the skaters’ discretion.
Hannah Rosinski (pictured) of the Pavilion SC of Cleveland Heights won the 3A award for ice dancing. Rosinski volunteers at the Cleveland Foodbank and serves food to the homeless at St. Pat’s Hunger Center. She has also volunteered at Catholic organizations, such as the West Side Ecumenical Ministry day care center, the Rose-Mary Center and the Catholic Worker Movement. Rosinski, who won the U.S. novice bronze medal with partner Jacob Jaffe, teaches learn-to-skate classes at the Cleveland Heights Community Center.
Vincent Zhou won the overall award, while the recipients of the awards for other disciplines were Jay Yostanto (mens), Ashley Cain (ladies), Britney Simpson (pairs) and Courtney Cameron (synchronized).