Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania Dapper Dan Youth Athlete of the Year
Michael (Dino) Tomlin has been selected by Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania as the Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Dapper Dan Youth Athlete of the Year.
As an honor roll student, Michael Tomlin was starting Wide Receiver for the #1 ranked WPIAL Class 2A Team. He averaged 34 yards per catch and scored 18 touchdowns leading Shadyside Academy to a quarter final appearance in playoffs. He became the second player in school history to win the title in the 300 meter hurdle at the PIAA class 2A Track and Field champions. He was selected all conference Wide Receiver, Cornerback, and Kick Returner.
Michael has received offers from many universities because of his academic excellence and stellar football career including Holy Cross, Toledo, Fordham, William and Mary, Robert Morris, Yale, Dartmouth, Army, Pitt, Brown, Duquesne, and Columbia and he decided upon attending the University of Maryland.
Michael began his career at Boys &Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania in the Dapper Dan Sports program where he played baseball, flag football, wrestling, and basketball. After reaching high school he assisted Coach Siford with clinics and activities for the basketball program. He has also participated in the Dapper Dan March Madness Basketball Tournament.
“Michael was very active in all of our sports programs when he was younger. Not all of the young people who play sports at the Club turn into the tremendous athlete that he has and we are proud that he stands out for more than just his talents on the field. Michael has taken the time to share his gifts in volunteering and inspiring the younger members to be great” says Dave DiGiroloamo , Director of the Shadyside Branch where Michael is a long time member.
The entire Boys & Girls Club staff endorse and congratulates Michael as a model ambassador for the Dapper Dan sports program in Allegheny County. “Let me inspire the youth the same way I was inspired” recently quoted by Michael, is a wonderful testimony to who his is. Michael Tomlin is an inspiration to all young people in the Club and we are extremely proud of him as a person and an athlete.