Lawrence Academy's Dan Giovacchini has been named the winner of the Amateur Athletic Union's inaugural High School Sullivan Award, to be given annually to the nation's top senior high school athlete that best emphasizes leadership, character, sportsmanship, academics and accomplishment in sport.
"It’s a tremendous honor," Giovacchini told ESPNBoston.com. "I mean, I didn’t really expect much. I applied for it, and it just so happens I get nominated. Winning it is great for my family, for my school, coaches, friends, everyone that helped out with voting [online voting accounted for one-third of the award selection]. It was kind of a lot of fun. I couldn’t feel luckier and more fortunate to win."
In his high school career, Daniel earned 12 varsity letters, led undefeated league championship teams in football (running back and linebacker), basketball and baseball. He was team captain in all three sports his senior year and received all-league or higher honors in all three, as well as league MVP in football. Daniel played AAU basketball for six years with the Boston Warriors, winning a state championship and attending six national tournaments. He will attend Brown University in the fall where he’ll play football and basketball.
Giovacchini and his family will be flown to Orlando, Florida next weekend to accept the award at the opening ceremonies of the ESPN RISE Games. In addition to winning the scholarship, AAU will be donating $1,000 to his high school athletic program.