SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Clayton Lee of Union Catholic received a prestigious award when and UC boys basketball team competed at the Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children Festival on Sunday night at Kean University in Union.
During halftime of Sunday's game, which saw UC's six-game winning streak come to end with 69-40 loss to No. 11 Bergen Catholic, Lee, a senior guard, was honored with the SFIC (Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children) Academic Excellence award.
Lee, who lives in Scotch Plains, was surprised and humbled by the award, which goes to a varsity player that has achieved academic success in the classroom as a member of the basketball team.
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"When they called me to come out I had no idea what to expect, so when they told me I was receiving an award I was very surprised,'' said the Cornell-bound Lee, who received a perfect score on the math portion of the SAT last summer. "I've been working very hard at school since my freshman year, so it's nice to get a little recognition.
"I feel that the award represents what Union Catholic is as a school. We are a well rounded school with strong academics and athletics," Lee added. "It's also a testament to our team. We have lots of players who take high level courses, so we are very serious about our school work.''