Newsmaker: Tom Mawritz
Residence: Port Vue
Family: Brother, Ken Mawritz of Hershey; sister, Nancy George of Germantown, Md.
Occupation: Volunteer coach for the South Allegheny Youth Football Association
Background: Mawritz has persevered through numerous diabetes-related medical problems, including dialysis, a kidney and pancreas transplant, and having part of a leg amputated. Doctors found cancer in his neck, tongue and lung last year, but it is in remission. The football association since has established the “Tom Mawritz Extra Effort Award,” which is given annually to a player who displays a “can-do attitude.”
Noteworthy: He recently received an MVP award from “McDonald’s Youth Football in Steelers Country,” a TV show sponsored by the Steelers that features high school and youth football games. Mawritz was honored on the sidelines of a game he was coaching for his dedication on the field and perseverance through adversity.
Quote: “You have to move forward. I’ve learned that from my family and from being around good people.”