Trinity’s Jack Pilbean was recently awarded the 2019 Louisville YMCA Youth Character Award. Jack was one of only 15 young men and women to earn this recognition! The YMCA Youth Character Award recognizes extraordinary teenagers in our community who demonstrate exceptional leadership while incorporating the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. These young men and women were also recognized for their roles in volunteer and leadership-related activities. The award also comes with a $2,500 scholarship for either secondary or postsecondary education.
Jack was ten years old when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. After adjusting to life with daily medications and IV infusions, Jack decided he wanted to get active with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation chapter. Since Jack began his involvement with the CCF and CCF’s Take Steps Walk, Jack has raised almost $30,000 to fund searches for a cure for all those with Crohn’s and Colitis. Jack also volunteers at St. Margaret Mary; he’s involved in youth group and sings with the Trinity choir. This year, Jack decided to join the Rocks football team as a manager/trainer, and he’s completed over 55 hours of community service.
“I was very surprised when I found out!” Pilbean said. “There were so many great candidates doing some really great things in the community, I was honored to be included with them. One of the cool parts about being recognized was at the dinner when the YMCA announced that the scholarship had grown to $2500 (originally $1,500)! I’m hoping to continue to earn scholarship dollars towards pursuing a degree in Sports Medicine in college and I’m also hoping that being recognized will increase the amount of money I can raise for CCF. I’m grateful to Trinity for allowing me the opportunities to volunteer in the community and I’m having a blast this year!”