Two years ago, Better Business Bureau (BBB) had a powerful thought...it’s never too early to make ethics a big deal. Working with businesses and consumers for over 100 years, BBB knows the importance of ethics and believes future professionals are experiencing situations that will shape their ethical foundation right now. The BBB Ethical Athlete Scholarship, presented by Isagenix, honors Arizona student athletes who do the right thing no matter who is watching. In partnership with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), BBB recognized two Ethical Champions and awarded each an additional $2,500 scholarship.
“At the high school level, athletes start to face ethical decisions that might impact the rest of their lives,” saidBBB President/CEO Matthew Fehling. “For us, the BBB Ethical Champions serve as role models whose moral compass not only guides their actions, but also influences those around them.”
“Isagenix is extremely proud of the young men and women recognized by this scholarship,” said Cheryl Lewis, VP of Corporate Affairs 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.”
Charles Walker from Desert Edge High School in Goodyear and Whitney Weaver from Mountain View High School in Marana were selected as this year’s BBB Ethical Champions. Selected from a list of 11 students who received the BBB Ethical Athlete Scholarship during the 2016-2017 school year, both nominations stood out for doing the right thing even in the most difficult situations.
A senior football player, Walker found himself in an awkward situation when one of his close friends started doing drugs and he had to tell his parents. In her nomination, Walker’s mother, Debra, shared the friend’s parents contacted her to thank her son for trying to steer him away from drugs. The friend’s parents had been monitoring his texts and social media accounts and noted that Walker was the only friend who advised him to avoid drugs and even offered to pick him up from dangerous situations. The parents reached out to Walker to find out what was going on and out of concern for his friend, he told the truth - knowing he would be labeled a “snitch.”
“Charles stuck to his values and told his friend he did not regret telling the truth because it was saving his future,” said his mother Debra in her nomination. “Brave of Charles to go against the norm and do what was right and best for this friend.”
A senior soccer player, Weaver confronted a peer who was cheating on tests even though it might end their friendship. On the field, Weaver went against a coach’s advice to avoid interacting with less skilled players because it would lessen her chances of making the varsity team as a freshmen. Doing the right thing, Weaver reached out to new teammates and not only offered friendship, but also trained with them to help them make the team.
“Whitney was willing to reduce her chances of making the varsity team rather than compromise her values,” said her nominator.
BBB recognized the following students as BBB Ethical Athletes during the 2016-2017 school year:
Zachary Patterson from Mohave High School
Jacob Adams from Saguaro High School
Sarah Jane Schott from Prescott High School
Bailee Liska from Lake Havasu High School
Noel Melendrez from Metro Tech High School
June Obata from Horizon High School
Saikou Gueye from Mountain Ridge High School
Rachel Valentine from Mingus Union High School
Marco Galindo from Metro Tech High School
Catherine Zingg from Greenway High School
Trayvin Cato from Paradise Valley 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 BBB of Central, Northern & Western Arizona
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2015, people turned to BBB more than 172 million times for BBB Business Reviews on more than 5.3 million businesses and 11,000 charities, all available free at bbb.org. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB serving Central, Northern and Western Arizona serves 10 counties through its campuses in Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, Prescott and Yuma, supported by over 11,500 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 reviews and charity reports, and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust.