SACSN announces national awards

SACSN‘s National High School Leadership Awards are powered by Amercian Honda

The Student Athlete Community Service Network (SACSN) National Leadership Awards celebrate the organization’s most outstanding high school athlete (representing each class) who has demonstrated an unsurpassed commitment to baseball, leadership, and volunteerism. The 2018 award winners include Tyler McKenzie (2019), Dylan Crews (2020), Nick Bitsko (2021) and Andrew Burns (2022).

The SACSN is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a platform for high school athletes to give back, stand out, and succeed through baseball and community service.

Based in Palm Beach, Florida, SACSN was founded in 2011 by Indian River State College head coach Frank Torre Jr. and Concord University grad assistant Tristan McGinnis, who was a sophomore in high school at the time.

“The idea of starting the organization was about harnessing the power of the collective,” said McGinnis. “My teammates and I needed community service hours for school requirements, and I figured that the community impact could be much greater with a group effort rather than the individual. It wasn’t long before we had over a thousand athletes working together from all sports to support charities and community programs in need of reliable volunteers.”

Since inception, the SACSN has grown to over 5,000 athletes and documents tens of thousands of community service hours annually for high school athletes. 

“Our charitable projects, programs, and events impact communities across the country,” adds Torre Jr., who himself was a former freshman all American at New Orleans and draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates. “Our focus is on 100% community engagement and providing athletes with a platform to build leadership through volunteerism and competition.”

The SACSN participants have collected canned food for community food banks, sporting goods for donation to orphanages or The Boys and Girls Clubs, pre-paid gas cards for the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital which helps families with financial need get their children needing medical treatments, back and forth to treatment appointments. It also supports its national Athlete’s Don’t Bully T-shirt campaign. 

Thanks to charitable partners such as American Honda, the Honda Classic Golf Tournament and Honda Birdies for Children along with the Miami Marlins and Saint Louis Cardinals Charity Funds, SACSN is also able to produce multiple award programs and scholarship programs, including:

    • National High School Leadership Awards
    • All-Area Honors national award program
    • SACSN National Baseball Team- providing a platform for competition at the highest level
    • SACSN College Scholarship (in honor of Jack & Barbara Nicklaus) rewarding outstanding volunteerism and leadership
    • SACSN Participation Scholarship
    • SACSN Torre Invitational Baseball Championships- held each May at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida

SACSN athletes represent some of the top high school and travel baseball programs in the country. Eleven alumni have been selected in the first round/comp round of the MLB Draft since 2015 including Jordon Adell, who was the no. 10 overall pick by the Angles in 2017. “It’s always important for me to set an example,” he said. “Now that I feel I’m a part of something special [in SACSN], it’s really important to be a role model, to show myself the best that I can.”

SACSN has had over sixty-nine alumni selected in the MLB Draft and hundreds of have gone on to compete at every level of college baseball.

For more info visit SACSN.ORG