FrontRowSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis recently was honored by the Press Club of Long Island.
Lewis’ 2016 piece for The Suffolk Times, entitled, “Tardif Twins Make For a Winning Team,” took third place in sports feature category of its annual media awards.
The story featured twin brothers Joe and John Tardif. Joe was a star athlete in three sports — baseball, basketball and soccer — at Mattituck High School. His brother John, who suffers from cerebral palsy, cannot participate in athletics.
The Tardif brothers shared a unique bond as Joe said he did everything for John.
“John’s always at every one of my sporting events,” Joe said in the story. “He’s always there cheering me on. I feel as if it’s my responsibility to give back to him because he’s always giving so much to me. So, whenever I am out there on the field or on the court, I try and give 200 percent, 100 for me and 100 for him. Just give back to what he has given to me.”
Mike Gavin of Newsday took first place for his story, “The Natural.”
Jaime Franchi of the Long Island Press finished second for his story, “The Battle of the Selden Warriors & the Seven Beasts.”
The sports feature category was open to all writing, from daily to online to weekly publications. The Suffolk Times is a weekly newspaper that serves the North Fork of Long Island.
The PCLI award ceremonies were held at the Woodbury Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. June 7.
“I want to thank the Press Club of Long Island for this honor,” Lewis said.
“I also want to thank the Tardif family for allowing me access to talk to them. Getting to know John and seeing him at so many games taught me so many lessons about life.”
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