The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) was created by Greg Blatt, Founder and Executive Director of Coaches 4 Character. It is an annual award given to 66 male and female students from each of the 33 Greenville County middle and high schools. This award is designed to honor true “unsung heroes” who all too often are not recognized for their accomplishments. The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting at risk students as award winners.
At the ACE Award ceremony in the spring, ACE Award winners are presented with medallions, programs, photos, and gift packages. Each school also has a perpetual recognition plaque to commemorate the occasion and to motivate other students. Approximately 500 people comprised primarily of the honorees, their families, counselors, principals, and sponsors attend the ceremony. The ACE Awards ceremony focuses on the students and showcases their good deeds. It is truly an “evening to remember” for these 66 “unsung heroes” and their families.
“Thank you so very much for the opportunity to be recognized as an ACE recipient. I feel very honored to be a part of this group. I really liked the chance to be in the newspaper and thus shared it with extended family outside South Carolina. That night was extremely special. Mr. Code’s message was inspirational and I believe like him that while we are not “masters of our souls” we do make choices that either enhance or affect our character. I feel challenged to continue to live up to the ideals of this award. Of course I was also blown away by the goodie bag. The Kindle, shoes, watch, Southern Tide, and other things were way better than Christmas.”