December 2, 2020

HCHS coach, basketball player honored by Positive Athlete group

Heard Athletic Director and Coach Shane Lasseter at Tuesday night’s award ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame. (Front L-R): Max and Major Lasseter (Back L-R): Chandler Moon, Nickie Lasseter, Shane Lasseter, Benny and Sue Lasseter

(Atlanta, GA) — A Heard County coach was recognized as the Most Positive Boy’s Coach in the State of Georgia earlier this week by the Positive Athlete Georgia organization.

Heard High Athletic Director Shane Lasseter was one of only two coaches to receive the statewide honor sponsored by Positive Athlete Georgia, a subsidiary of Celebrate Positive LLC, which promotes the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world.

The organization is led by Hines Ward, former Forest Park High School, University of Georgia and Pittsburgh Steelers football star who formed Positive Athlete with local businessman Scott Pederson.

The fourth annual awards ceremony was presented Tuesday evening by The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-a Fan Experience in Atlanta.

A Heard County athlete, recently graduated senior basketball player Ally Harris, was also named by the group as the Most Positive Girl’s Basketball Player in the West Georgia region. She was nominated by her coach Helen Akins.

Lasseter was nominated by former HCHS principal and current Heard County Superintendent of schools Rodney Kay.

Kay says Lasseter’s hard work and positive influence around the HCHS campus is something that should be recognized.

“Coach Lasseter wears so many different hats for our not only our school but our community as a whole. He is instrumental in the Braves Give Back Program and I especially felt his work with our special needs program should be recognized,” said Kay.

“Shane has just been crucially positive to that program. He just works so super hard to get our special needs students involved not just in their own activities and programs but also finds ways to get them involved with the general student body. No one else would spend the amount of time he does working for our school and our athletic programs. He is many times the first one there and the last one to leave school each day,” added the superintendent.

Lasseter was very appreciative for the honor although he believes many others are worthy as well.

“It was a great experience and awesome night. It was very humbling and overwhelming experience to say the least. I said I was the most undeserving person in that room and that I don’t belong in a category with these unbelievable kids. After seeing interviews and hearing each story from the kids Tuesday night, it kept confirming that was a very true statement,” Lasseter said this week.

“I know there are 100’s maybe 1000’s of coaches across the state that are more deserving than me and I am thankful to be at a place where we have a school system filled with great ones.”

West Georgia’s Most Positive Girl’s Basketball Player Lady Brave Ally Harris

Ally Harris was recognized by the group after being nominated by coach Akins for her inspiring comeback and positive attitude after a battle with Guillain-Barré disorder that began in the spring of 2014.

Harris claimed numerous accolades in both basketball and softball during the 2016-2017 school year and is bound for Southern Union in the fall to play softball.

Positive Athlete Georgia is a movement featuring high character current and former professional athletes, led by former UGA star and Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, who are established and credible role models to young athletes.

Positive Athlete is an umbrella brand for all athletes who are marking a positive contribution to their communities, overcoming difficult circumstances with a positive attitude, and believe a positive attitude is essential to their success.

“I am so thankful to my family for being there with me Tuesday night and I want to send  a special shout out to Hines Ward for being so gracious and taking so much times with my two young boys — they were very excited for their autographs,” added Lasseter.


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