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Charlsey Newman wins "Banana George" Blair Ambassador Scholarship

Charlsey Newman of McDonald, Tennessee has been chosen as the 2022 recipient of the $2200 "Banana George" Blair Ambassador Scholarship. Charlsey is a Senior at Rollins College majoring in Sociology, American Studies, and Professional Writing.

"I am honored and grateful for the "Banana" George Blair Ambassador Scholarship granted to me by the USA Waterski and Wake Sports Foundation. I have grown up in the sport as a three-event competitor and appreciate the continued support from the Foundation," says Charlsey.

Charlsey is a three-event water ski event competitor in AWSA and NCWSA, a member of the NCWSA Board of Directors and the very first female appointed announcer at the 2022 USAWS Nationals (recipient of the Tommy Bartlett Announcers Award.)

The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation scholarships are awarded each year to water skiers who show leadership abilities and demonstrate that involvement in the sport has helped them grow both personally and academically.

In the same spirit that made him a legend, "Banana George" Blair continued to give back to water sports and the foundation throughout his life. George's family has created this scholarship to give student-athletes an opportunity to earn a college education while pursuing their water sports dreams. This scholarship is open to all water sports disciplines.

"Going forward, I will strive to represent an ambassador for our amazing sport just as "Banana" George did," says Charlsey. The USA Water Ski & Wake Sports Foundation is very proud of our young athletes and honored to support their future academic needs. You can help support our mission by joining or donating to the foundation HERE.

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