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Nielson Receives Spirit of Su Award

The “Visions of SuAnne” Foundation, in coordination with the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches’ Association and South Dakota High School Activities Association, are pleased to announce the selections of the 2020 recipients of the award that has come to be known as the “Spirit of Su.”

Max Nielson of Sioux Valley was the recipient for the Class A Boys. Nielson, who is headed to Northern State to continue his academic and basketball career, has been a five-year starter and All-Conference selection for the Cossacks. Nielson, who was named to the All-State First Team and a finalist for Mister Basketball in South Dakota, has been a part of the Sioux Valley High School National Honor Society and Student Council, as well as an active leader in youth ministry at his local church.

The “Spirit of Su” award has been bestowed on deserving athletes each year at the State Basketball Championships since 1994, following SuAnne’s death in an automobile accident on her way to attend the Miss Basketball Banquet following her senior year. The “Spirit of Su” award recognizes excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and community service among seniors playing at each of the state basketball tournaments. Quilts awarded to each honoree include colors and symbolism of all races of people, living together in beautiful harmony, as was SuAnne’s dream.


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