Warren native receives President’s Service Award

WARREN — A Warren native was chosen to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

The service award was established in 2003 by President George W. Bush to thank and honor Americans who through example inspire others to engage in volunteer service, according to the award website.

Shawn Robinson of Florida, president of the Orange Arrow Players Association, was chosen this year to receive the award in order to be recognized for dedicating over 4,000 hours of service. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I was excited,” Robinson said. “It is nice to be acknowledged for the work done and the sacrifices for the community.”

“I don’t do it for the recognition. I do it for the youth and service to the community,” Robinson said. “It’s really outstanding to receive recognition for doing great work in the community.”

Robinson graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1998 and then he went on to study at the University of Pittsburgh.

When he was attending Pitt, he had dreams of becoming a professional football player. Before his dreams could come true, Robinson was in a car accident and the injuries prevented him from performing at his highest ability.

“I had to go through that to impact others, which is far greater than what I would have done if I became a professional athlete,” Robinson said.

In 2003, he founded the nonprofit Orange Arrow Players Association to help male and female student-athletes find success off the field.

Robinson said often, the balance is off between doing well on the field and doing well in everyday life.

“It’s so important to develop life and social skills,” Robinson said.

The goal of Orange Arrow is to encourage athletes to pursue their dreams while also providing them with a practical vision of success in life, Robinson said.

Brenda, Robinson’s mom, said that he’s always had compassion for others.

“He’ll put others in front of him, make sure everyone is well and having a good time,” Brenda said.

She said she felt honored when she found out he was getting the award.

“It was an honor that I’m his mother, that God gave me him, allowed me to be a part of his life,” Brenda said.

“It’s really not about me,” Robinson said. “It’s bigger than me. By receiving this award, it brings more recognition and support to Orange Arrow and that’s great.”

cramey@tribtoday.com

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