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BGO
Night of Champions

The Bluegrass Orthopaedics Foundation, a non-profit organization, is proud to sponsor the 7th Annual BGO Night of Champions. This year's event will take place on Tuesday May 2nd, 2023 at the Marriott - Griffin Gate beginning at 6:30PM.

The evening is a celebratory event for those individuals not always recognized with awards or accolades. The BGO Champion Scholarship will be given to two very deserving high school student-athletes from the central Kentucky area - one male and one female. This scholarship is unique as it honors student-athletes at the high school level who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity or injury, and returned and excelled beyond expectations in their respective sport(s). The award is accompanied with a $2,500 scholarship per individual.

The BGO Achievement Scholarships are given to central Kentucky high school student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the classroom, in their community, on the playing field/court, and have been high achievers in every aspect of their life. Each high school from bluegrass area may nominate student-athletes for this award. The award is accompanied with a $500 scholarship per individual.

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2023 Keynote Speaker:
Melvin Adams

Melvin Adams has been an NCAA All-American basketball player, professional basketball competitor and member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotter. He is currently a communicator and entertainer. His energetic and engaging presentation style make him a favorite for events of all kinds.

Melvin has had the privilege of speaking to over 3,000,000 youth through school assemblies, basketball clinics/camps and other events. In addition to speaking responsibilities, he is also frequently engaged in interviews and guest appearances in various forms of media. Melvin's passion for reaching America's youth has provided countless opportunities to speak, perform and share with groups.

Melvin was born in 1971 and grew up in the ghetto of Houston, Texas. He was challenged early in life with extremely negative circumstances; however, he dreamed of playing professional basketball. At the age of 13, his father died. With the consistent pressure of financial burdens and surrounded by hopeless situations, Melvin turned to sports where hard work and endless practices kept him from trouble. During these years, he led the district in assists and steals, and averaged 16 points per game for the Eisenhower High School's Eagles.

Melvin graduated from San Jose Christian College where he was a two-time NCAA III All-American basketball player. He remains the all-time scoring, assists and steals leader in the Warrior's history. After college, Melvin continued to focus on basketball and was given the opportunity to play professional basketball. He later joined the Harlem Globetrotters and was named Mr. Globetrotter numerous times. The award is presented yearly to the teammate that most exemplifies the excitement and energy associated with the Harlem Globetrotters.

On March 17, 2000 Melvin Adams retired from the Harlem Globetrotters to fulfill a new dream - to challenge individuals to personal success through focus, work and determination. Today, he is privileged to speak before student and adult audiences sharing his personal story and inspiring others to fulfill their dreams.

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Previous Champion Scholarship
Recipients

2022 Female Champion Winner 
Keaton Hall, Model Laboratory School

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2022 Male Champion Winner 
Connor Padgett, Boyle County High School

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2021 Female Champion Winner 
Shelby Cothron, Pulaski County High School

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2021 Male Champion Winner 
Remi Forlevil, Danville High School

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2020 Female Champion Winner 
Logan Thomas, Western Hills High School

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2020 Male Champion Winner 
Jace Bowling, South Laurel High School

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2019 Female Champion Winner
Audrey Rawls, Dunbar HS

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2019 Male Champion Winner
Vaughn Hall, Lexington Catholic HS

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2018 Female Champion Winner
Edie Meyer, West Jessamine High School

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2018 Male Champion Winner 
Logan Nieves, Lexington Christian Academy

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2017 Female Champion Winner
Summer Coleman, West Jessamine High School

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2017 Male Champion Winner
Adam Bender, Woodford County High School

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The BGO
Champion Scholarships

The BGO Champion Scholarship will be given to two very deserving high school student-athletes from the central Kentucky area - one male and one female. This award is unique as it honors student-athletes at the high school level who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity or injury, and returned and excelled beyond expectations in their respective sport(s). The award is accompanied with a $2,500 scholarship per individual.

The BGO
Achievement Scholarships

The BGO Achievement Scholarships are given to central Kentucky high school student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the classroom, in their community, on the playing field/court, and have been high achievers in every aspect of their life. Each high school from bluegrass area may nominate student-athletes for this award. The award is accompanied with a $500 scholarship per individual.

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2022 Achievement Scholarship Recipients

  • South Laurel HS - Sarah Bailey
  • Boyle County HS - Ashley Bigelow
  • Bourbon County HS - Kathryn Boshears
  • Bourbon County HS - Sadie Darbro
  • Dunbar HS - Campbell Gash
  • Sayre School - Catherine Graves
  • Estill County HS - Mia Hale
  • Estill County HS - Gabe Hall
  • Madison Central HS - Matthew Johns
  • Madison Central HS - Jeffrey Kinley
  • Bourbon County HS - Charisma Massey
  • Scott County HS - Brianna Penney
  • Woodford County HS - Morgan Reynolds
  • South Laurel HS - Gracie Turner
  • Madison Southern HS - Rocky Whitehead

2021 Achievement Scholarship Recipients

  • Scott County High School - Jackson Albensi

  • Rockcastle County High School - Sarah Barron

  • Bourbon County High School - Madyson Walters

  • Madison Central High School - Morgan Thomas

  • Bourbon County High School - Ximena Tamariz

  • Estill County High School - Jenna Stone

  • Morgan County High School - Krista Perry

  • Lexington Christian Academy - Mattie Lebryk

  • Model Laboratory - McKenzie Johnson

  • Trinity Christian Academy - Cameron Johnson

  • Bourbon County High School - Jaycee Goodwin

  • Pulaski County High School - Austyn Crawford

  • Paul Laurence Dunbar - Caroline Cole

  • Madison Central High School - Ryleigh Blythe

  • Madison Central High School - Olivia Young

2020 Achievement Scholarship Recipients

  • Bourbon County High School - Austin Lay

  • Boyle County High School - Faris Allahham

  • Boyle County High School - Eli Goggin

  • Dunbar High School - Peyton Gash

  • Estill County High School - Kaylee Riddell

  • George Rogers Clark High School - Hannah Curreri

  • Henry Clay High School - Buddy Goodwin

  • Henry Clay High School - Olivia Greinke

  • Henry Clay High School - Van McKinley

  • Lexington Catholic - Alexis Brock

  • Lexington Christian Academy - Aliesha White

  • Lexington Christian Academy - Mackenzie Buckler

  • Madison Southern High School - Destiny Dooley

  • Sayre School - Maggie Little

  • Scott County High School - Philip Garner

2019 Achievement Scholarship Recipients

  • Bourbon County High School - Matthew Dampier
  • Dunbar High School - Meredith Phillips
  • East Jessamine High School - Lindsey Rose
  • Estill County High School - Amelia Farmer
  • George Rogers Clark - William David Henry
  • Henry Clay High School - Allison Tripure
  • Lafayette High School - Lindi Debilzan
  • Lexington Christian Academy - Grace Jacobs
  • Lexington Christian Academy - Kyle Rode
  • Madison Central High School - Ethan Hahn
  • Madison Southern High School - Zaria Carter
  • Model Laboratory - Savanna Gullett
  • Rockcastle County High School - Selicity Broaddus
  • Rockcastle County High School - Gracelyn Owens
  • Scott County High School - Bryan Hudson
  • Scott County High School - Michael Moreno
  • Tates Creek High School - Garrett Belcher
  • Tates Creek High School - Kenzie Putteet
  • Western Hills High School - Peyton Cody
  • Woodford County High School - Emily Hestand

2018 Achievement Scholarship Recipients

  • Bourbon County High School - Kenton Edwards

  • Dunbar High School - Savannah Dudek
  • East Jessamine High School - Parker Harris
  • Franklin County High School - Kindall Talley
  • George Rogers Clark High School - Whitney Walker
  • Henry Clay High School Jalen - Thomas Williams
  • Lexington Catholic - Spencer Kriss
  • Lexington Christian Academy - Colten Crager
  • Madison Central High School - Blaze Pacheco
  • Madison Southern High School - Angelo Ou
  • Model Laboratory School - Peyton Erslan
  • Sayre School - Isabel Pergande
  • Scott County High School - Landen Easley
  • West Jessamine High School - Ashley Miller
  • Woodford County High School - Emma Boebinger

2017 Achievement Scholarship Recipients

  • Berea High School - Alexandria Horn
  • Dunbar High School - Alexander Alonso-Ibarra
  • East Jessamine High School - Justin McIntire
  • George Rogers Clark High School - Sarah Vickers
  • Henry Clay High School - Charlotte Kessinger
  • Lafayette High School - Nick SirLouis
  • Lexington Catholic - Ashlyn Coleman
  • Lexington Christian Academy - Blake Richardson
  • Madison Central High School - Bailee Vanover
  • Madison Southern High School - Conner Coyle
  • Model Laboratory School - Nathan Frisbie
  • Sayre School - Lauren Dunn
  • Scott County High School - Kadee Hudson
  • Tates Creek High School - Cameron Davis
  • West Jessamine High School - Alexis Rich
  • Woodford County High School - Tylan Tucker