Nomination process for McDonald’s Spirit Award has begun

The nomination process has begun for the Maine McDonald’s Spirit of the Game Award which honors two high school basketball team members who embody the spirit of the sport, exemplify sportsmanship, support and inspire their teammates and coaching staff and show an ability to overcome obstacles and boundaries.

The awards are named in honor of 2009 recipients and varsity team managers Patrick Thibodeau of Cumberland and the late Josh Titus of Auburn.

Thibodeau has Down Syndrome and Titus overcame autism.

Anyone can submit a nomination online at or by obtaining a paper nomination by calling Kevin Gove at 755-9470 or emailing

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 2.

The winners will be announced at the Maine McDonald’s High School Senior All-Star Basketball Awards banquet in Bangor on March 9.

The annual McDonald’s Senior All-Star games will be played on March 10 at the Newman Gym on the Husson University campus in Bangor.

The game-day program features the top seniors in the state’s AA/A/B and C/D boys and girls divisions, North vs. South; the state foul shooting competition, the girls’ 3-point shootout and the boys’ Dr. Pepper slam dunk contest.

Net proceeds from the All-Star weekend benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine, a non-profit organization that benefits children with serious illnesses or injuries and their families.

Since 1989, RMHC of Maine has provided more than $3.1 million to local children’s programs.
More information is available at