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Coolidge boys' basketball senior guard Aaron Boulware was named the DCSAA/U.S. Army Impact Player of the Month for January.
Boulware was nominated for the award by Cooliedge boys' basketball head coach Rod Moore.
"Aaron is a four-year player here, and he's just a really tenacious guy," Moore said. "He's been hungry since ninth grade, and he's a leader. He's in the gym here at 6:30 before school, and he's the first one in the gym at 3:30 for practice."
Moore said what makes Boulware stand out isn't just his dedication on the basketball court but how driven he is away from it. Boulware does his part to make sure his teammates are taking basketball and academics seriously.
"I just try to make sure everyone is on task," Boulware said. "I have great teammates; all they need is a good leader. I have a good leader in my life, Mr. Rod Moore, so I learn from him."
On the court, Boulware leads the Colts in almost every statistical category. He's averaging 17.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
"He's just a super person to have around, and he has a plethora of skills," Moore said. "We're doing everything we can for him to have a successful senior-year campaign and looking forward to watching him play on the collegiate level as well."
Boulware's award ceremony featured Lt. Col. Amanda Iden, the Commander at the Baltimore Recruiting Battalion. Iden, who presented Boulware with his trophy prior to Coolidge's game against Wilson High School Jan. 30, spoke about why high school students should consider the U.S. Army when they graduate.
"As you are graduating from high school, you're being told you have several choices," Iden said. "You can go to college, you can go get a job or you can go pursuit technical skills that'll empower you once you get on the job. At the Army, we expect you to do all of the above. I want you to be physically fit, I want you to go to school and I want you to lead the charge."
The Army has presented the Impact Player of the Month award since its inception in the fall of 2015. To Iden, being involved with an award that highlights student-athletes who make an impact is a no-brainer for the Army.
"The Army is about leadership on and off the field, so what we are looking for in our athletes is to represent that," Iden said. "Seventy-percent of youths ages 18-25 are not qualified for military service, 31-percent for obesity. What we have here in Mr. Boulware is a scholar athlete -- someone who is physically fit and leading the charge for the team."