In its third year, Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest (BBB) honors Arizona student athletes who do the right thing with BBB Ethical Athlete Scholarship, powered by Isagenix. In partnership with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), BBB recognized two Ethical Champions and awarded each $3,500 in scholarships. Athletes are not often recognized for doing the right thing, but those who rise to the challenge, take the high road, respect others, and beat the odds inspire their team to not only perform well, but also make the right choices when faced with difficult situations. “Being an ethical athlete is more than doing the right thing, it’s also about being honorable, dedicated, compassionate, trustworthy and reliable,” said BBB Pacific Southwest President/CEO Matthew Fehling. “This year’s champions were selected because of their character and ability to inspire not only their teammates, but also teachers.” “Isagenix is extremely proud of the young men and women recognized by this scholarship,” said Julie Coleman, Director of Community Relations for Isagenix. “As a company focused on health and wellness, we are proud to support young athletes who are not only devoted to their passion in sports, but who are also committed to the same ethics and values that are central drivers for our company.” Alexa Spartz from Sandra Day O’Connor High School, in Phoenix, and Hunter Weber from Horizon High School, in Scottsdale, were selected as this year’s BBB Ethical Champions. Selected from a list of 18 students who received the BBB Ethical Athlete Scholarship during the 2017-2018 school year, both nominations stood out for inspiring others to be compassionate and team players, on and off the field. A senior volleyball player, Spartz almost lost her love for gymnastics after a childhood accident left her emotionally and physically scarred. As a survivor, she not only recovered, but came out stronger and now inspires others to live life to the fullest. Without knowing, Spartz motivates others to do their best, specifically, serving as a support system for those going through a tough time. One of her teachers was going through a difficult time after the loss of a close friend and a couple of students, that he considered quitting teaching. Alexa’s character and infectious love for life helped this teacher overcome the emotional hurt caused by loss. Due to her kind spirit and passion for helping others, the teacher remained and continues to make a positive impact on youth. “She didn’t realize she was having so much influence over me, as she does on everyone else,” said her nominator Mr. Russell. “Alexa is an incredibly gifted athlete and scholar, but it’s her character that makes her worthy of this recognition.” A senior football player, Hunter personifies an ethical athlete in many ways. As a true team player, he is known as the senior who never leaves practices without checking if all freshmen players have a ride home - and giving them a ride if they don’t. On another occasion, Weber gave up the opportunity to bump his grade to the next level to help a fellow student out of an uncomfortable situation. One day toward the end of the semester, Weber noticed a fellow student crying in class. He approached to ask if he could help. The student confessed she was dealing with an extremely difficult situation. Instead of keeping a pass that would allow him to bump up his grade at the end of the semester, if unused, he gave his pass away so she could gain her composure and avoid embarrassment. “Hunter has never asked for anything in return for his kindness,” said his nominator. “Every player on the football team and his student peers admire his character and look to him as a role model. He is an inspiration.” BBB recognized the following students as BBB Ethical Athletes during the 2017-2018 school year:Ramces Urias - Senior baseball player at Gila Ridge High SchoolMakenna Jex - Senior volleyball and soccer player at Prescott High SchoolAndrew Hernandez - Senior wrestler at Paradise Valley High SchoolMallytza Ibarra - Senior swimmer at Gila Ridge High SchoolEthan Upayokin - Senior golfer at Gila Ridge High SchoolMadison Cabardo - Junior basketball player at Horizon High SchoolRicardo Perez - Senior football and track athlete at Rio Rico High SchoolBailey Kaufmann - Senior swimmer at Paradise Valley High SchoolAnthonie Cooper - Senior football player at Millennium High SchoolElizabeth Westervelt - Senior basketball player at Sedona Red Rock High SchoolJosiah Jacobs - Junior football player at Saguaro High SchoolHannah DeVore - Senior track and field athlete at Mingus Union High SchoolJulian Johnson - Senior basketball player at Cactus Shadow High SchoolJoseph Heath - Senior basketball player at Mohave High SchoolLauryn Johnson - Senior volleyball player at Paradise Honors High SchoolKaylee Byerly - Senior volleyball player at Sandra Day O’Connor High School BBB and AIA review public nominations and select ethical athletes to be honored throughout the year. At the end of the school year, all BBB Ethical Athletes are considered for the BBB Ethical Champion award. Nominate Arizona high school athletes for the BBB Ethical Athlete Scholarship at athlete.arizonabbb.org.About Better Business Bureau Serving Pacific Southwest. For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities - all available for free atbbb.org. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB Serving Pacific Southwest covers campuses in Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County, Prescott, Yuma and Lake Havasu City supported by over 17,000 BBB Accredited Businesses. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to high standards of ethical business practices. BBB provides objective advice, free business and charity profiles, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. About IsagenixEstablished in 2002, Isagenix provides systems for weight loss, energy, performance, healthy aging, and wealth creation. With more than 550,000 Customers worldwide and more than 100 life-changing products, packs, and systems globally, the company is committed to producing Solutions to Transform Lives™. To date, Isagenix has surpassed $4.5 billion in cumulative sales through an independent network of Associates in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia, Colombia, and Indonesia. The company’s vision is to impact world health and free people from physical and financial pain. Isagenix is a privately owned company with headquarters in Gilbert, Arizona, and is a member of the Direct Selling Association. For more information, visit www.isagenix.com.