Posted April 23, 2018
Plymouth High School student Bryce Ladwig has been selected as the 2018 Section 4 recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The National High School Spirit of Sport Award, begun in 2008, recognizes individuals who exemplify the positive spirit that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. Bryce, the Wisconsin award winner, received one of eight sectional awards given nationwide.
Bryce was diagnosed with bone cancer when he was 6 years old and underwent multiple treatments and surgeries. His leg failed to heal correctly, and additional operations were required. When he was 10, Bryce had 23 screws inserted into his leg along with a rod and cadaver bone. That same year, doctors identified a spot on his lung that resulted in still more medical treatment, therapy and ongoing visits.
Prior to the start of his freshman season in 2014, Bryce learned that he suffers from a rare adolescent disease that was causing the bone in his leg to curve. To correct the condition, surgeons broke his leg in two places, which resulted in his being confined to a wheelchair for months and therapy that sidelined him for his freshman and sophomore football seasons.
Bryce played football his junior season despite a noticeable limp, participating in all the conditioning and drills in practice. He won the starting nose tackle position during practices before his senior season and played in all 11 games.
The obstacles Bryce has faced throughout his childhood have not deterred him from making a difference off the football field. He has served as a volunteer for Project Angel Hugs, which ministers to the emotional needs of children touched by cancer and their families. He donated the $4,000 in proceeds from the sale of his 4-H steer to Project Angel Hugs in honor of its founder.
Bryce also is active in FFA and is a youth representative on the Livestock Committee for Sheboygan County. In addition, he has participated on livestock and meat judging teams, and served meals for the Ronald McDonald House in Milwaukee. He finished runner-up in the Sheboygan County High School Trap Shoot competition, and finished in the top-15 at the State Trap Shoot in 2016.
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