During a virtual Honors Day ceremony in May, Pace Academy named rising seniors Logan Baker and Jamie Kornheiser as the first recipients of the new Horowitz Athletics Leadership Award.
Recognizing two junior student-athletes for “consistently demonstrating qualities that represent positive athletics leadership, both on and off the field,” the annual award was created in conjunction with Pace’s newest endowment fund, the Horowitz Athletics Leadership Endowment, established late last year by alumnus Scott Horowitz, class of 1984.
The Horowitz award includes a leadership development component, an aspect that distinguishes it from other student awards. Recipients will participate in leadership development training as seniors and help lead a new student organization, the Athletics Leadership Council, that will offer programming for student-athletes in grades nine through 12.
Horowitz credits his convictions to his Pace experiences — both as a student and an athlete — and to his parents, Gerald and PearlAnn Horowitz, for whom he named the endowment. “They instilled in me the values of integrity, pride, responsibility and determination,” he said.
Experience as a varsity soccer player from 1982 to 1984 made a lasting impression on Horowitz. “The team was very competitive and was typically playing for the state championship.” In addition to the thrill of competition, he said the experience contributed to his “personal development.”
Horowitz added, “Through sports, students learn to be inclusive and to support their teammates’ success.”
Baker and Kornheiser will lead the Athletics Leadership Council in its inaugural year.
Baker, a varsity soccer and basketball player and a member of Pace’s 2020 state-champion basketball team, said “As a student athlete at Pace, I’ve tried to be a coachable player and an all-around team player.”
A catcher for Pace’s softball team and member of the basketball and tennis teams, Kornheiser said, “Both [academics and athletics] play an important role in the development of a person’s leadership qualities.”