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2023 Heart of a Giant Award Recipient: Eduardo Recinos

The New York Giants report on the 2023 Heart of a Giant Award recipient, Eduardo Recinos. 

From winning championships to setting records, football can be rewarding in many ways. But the impact of the game goes far beyond the field, inspiring lives in countless ways.

That is at the core of USA Football's Heart of a Giant Award, presented annually by the New York Giants and HSS. It recognizes 60 high school athletes in the Tri-State area who embody the spirit of the game through five qualities: commitment, character, teamwork, dedication and will. After a community voting process, 11 honorees are selected to the Heart of a Giant Team, with an overall Heart of a Giant winner being honored.

This year's award winner is Eduardo Recinos, a junior at Putnam Valley High School in New York.

Recinos, who is the first non-athlete to receive the award, is the team manager for the Putnam Valley High School football program. Recinos has been diagnosed with Spastic Cerebral Palsy. This makes it difficult for him to walk and coordinate gross motor movements in some instances, but he never lets that hold him back.

Initially unable to walk, Eduardo has gone through numerous surgeries and rehabilitation. He has faced every challenge with a unique and joyful determination, and is now able to walk on his own, often with a football in hand. Recinos had wanted to be part of the team for a few years and finally asked to be the team manager this season. Recinos has fully committed himself to the team, attending every practice, game, and team event, and making his presence felt through his contributions and love of the game.

Read the full article at giants.com.