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PressBox, Masonic Charities Of Maryland Honor Owings Mills High School's Diondre Space

April 16, 2019
PressBox and the Masonic Charities of Maryland have teamed up to honor one high school student-athlete each month who demonstrates sportsmanship, school spirit, hard work and dedication with the Unsung Hero of the Month award. 

The latest honoree is Owings Mills High School's Diondre Space.

To nominate a student-athlete for consideration, click here.    

Space, a senior, was nominated by Owings Mills wrestling coach Shawn Girch, who described Space as "a leader on and off the mat."

A three-sport athlete, Space also plays football and lacrosse and is a member of Champions that Wrestle, an organization dedicated to giving students opportunities to succeed and give back. 

"As a senior, Diondre's showed over the last four years that's he capable of hard work, he's capable of continuing to get better," Girch said during the award presentation. 

Girch highlighted Space's improvement from his freshman year, when he wrestled on the varsity team as first-year wrestler and lost most of his matches, to his senior year, when he captured the county title and region title.

"It really shows that he does have heart, and that hard work over the summer and in the offseason pays off and just sticking with it and continuing to get better," Girch said.

For Space, receiving the award meant a lot.

"It means something real big to me," Space said. I'm not a person who wins many awards." 

That unassuming response echoes his coach's characterization.

"Diondre is always cheering on his team and will do what is needed for everyone around him to succeed," Grich wrote in his nomination. "... He is known by the rest of the county as the kid that always smiles and a gentle giant."

Watch video of the award presentation: