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PressBox, Masonic Charities Of Maryland Honor Western High School's Joi Scruggs

June 27, 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 Western High School's Joi Scruggs.

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

Scruggs, who graduated this year, was nominated by Western girls' lacrosse coach Mary Hain, who described Scruggs as "the ultimate team player." 

"She is charismatic, positive, disciplined, fun and never gloats about herself and is supportive of everyone to include the coach teammates and the managers," Hain wrote in her nomination. "She is quiet and powerful at the same time, but rarely gets the credit she deserves"

A three-sport athlete, Scruggs also played soccer and basketball, but lacrosse was her favorite. She led the team in assists the last three seasons and was selected as a captain this year. 

"I can be more free with myself on the field," Scruggs said of lacrosse during the award presentation. " ... It's more competitive; I like to be challenged." 

For Scruggs, playing three sports at Western allowed her the opportunity to escape and to meet different people through tournaments and events.

"Sports are my getaway from anything that be stressful," Scruggs said. "It helps me be happy. It helps me be able to meet new people."

Scruggs will play lacrosse next year at the University of the District of Columbia. 

"She'll be very difficult to replace," Hain said. "An all-around athlete who could play any position. I hope that we get some people in who are just like Joi, because that makes a program even stronger and I want us to grow and be just as strong as we have been in the past 10 years."

Watch video of the award presentation: