NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Team Boomer Athlete of the Year award was created as a way to highlight extraordinary individuals who exemplify the values that Team Boomer promotes. Previous athletes of the month were chosen to be a part of the online contest and were asked to use their social networks to raise awareness and garner votes beginning in May, CF Awareness Month, until June 7, Global Running Day.
“Exercise is vital to the health of all cystic fibrosis patients because it helps to clear their lungs and gives them an emotional outlet,’ said Boomer Esiason. “At BEF, we created Team Boomer to encourage people with CF to live active, healthy lifestyles and to invite all athletes to join our team to raise funds and awareness for our cause.”
In the inaugural year, Team Boomer decided to award both a male and a female recipient – Michael Davis of Townsend, Delaware and Avery Flatford of Farragut, Tennessee – both of whom are inspiring examples of people who are living, breathing, and succeeding with cystic fibrosis.
Said Avery of the award, "Thank you to BEF for the opportunity to share my story. I am amazed at the support I was given from East TN, the softball community nationwide, my friends, family, teammates and most importantly God! To be named Team Boomer Athlete of the Year is something I will never forget!”
Added Michael of the award, “I am so honored and excited. This contest brought the CF community together and has spread so much awareness. I can guarantee that both Avery and I will continue to share the importance of staying active and exercising.”
About the Boomer Esiason Foundation
BEF supports the cystic fibrosis community through scholarships, transplant grants, exercise programs, and educational programs as well as funding CF research. To date, BEF has raised over $130 million. Please visit Esiason.org to learn more about our programs, teamboomer.org to join the team, and follow us at facebook.com/BoomerEsiasonFoundation and on Twitter @cysticfibrosis.
Cystic Fibrosis is a rare, inherited, chronic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system, and reproductive system of about 30,000 Americans by causing a thick build-up of mucus that leads to blockage, inflammation, and infection.