2021 Basketball Award Winners

Each year, we present two significant awards to basketball players that went above and beyond, both on and off the court. We are so proud of the hard work that players put into each season, as they work hard to develop their character, skills, and sportsmanship. Congratulations to these exemplary players. We look forward to our 2022 season! 

Aaron Lee Simpson, Jr. Heart Award

Aaron had a passion for sports. He was exceptional in everything he put his heart and mind into. When entering a room, he was sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Aaron was a respectful and outgoing young man with lots of love for his family and friends. Each year, we recognize players who carry Aaron’s love of the game, loyalty, and kindness.  

16 & Under: Deja Morris
Deja brings tremendous attitude and effort to each and every game. She’s a leader, and a great teammate, but also most of all she is a great person. Deja is well deserving of this award.
-Chris Chaney
13 & Under: Sean Pierce
Sean Pierce is an awesome kid. He has played in the league for a few years now. He always has a positive attitude win or lose. He has great sportsmanship. He is very hard-working and is always willing to learn.
Zaire Newtown
10 & Under: Holden Hostuler
Holden was a team player all season. His team lost every game in the regular season and Holden never gave up. He always was a team player and had great sportsmanship. He never but his head down and kept playing hard all season. At the end of the season, it all paid off and his team won the 10&u championship.
Zaire Newtown
Tyrone Richardson Award

Tyrone Richardson was a lifelong West Chester resident. He was a lifetime supporter of the Melton Center. As a young man, Tyrone could often be found in the gym playing basketball with his friends or enjoying the Center’s pool. As he grew up, he actively recruited staff, volunteers, and opportunities for the Center. He was never far away, and no task was too much to ask. Each year, we honor his memory by presenting this award to a player who is dedicated, a team player, and willing to lend a hand.  

Dominic Downs
Besides being the best player in the league. Dom is a great kid -- he works hard, he's very respectable, coachable, and a great teammate. He is the type of player every coach loves to have. He plays hard on both ends of the floor, and he is unselfish.
Andre Forte