While Rob Ambrose seriously changed the culture of Towson University football in 2011, his work in the community also deserves praise.
The list includes:
– Weekly visits to Villa Maria, a school for “troubled youths”
– Spoke at Hereford Youth Football Clinic
– Conducted food drive for the Maryland Food Bank
– Special Olympics volunteer
– Volunteer for walk/run for kids 5K at Villa Maria
– Volunteered at Habitat For Humanity’s Chesapeake Warehouse
– Participated in Autism Walk on campus
– Volunteered to buddy up with hospitalized youths at Johns Hopkins Medical Center to attend the annual “Turtle Derby” and donated money to sponsor turtles.
– Spoke at West Towson Elementary School on Career Day
– Spoke at Crossroads School to class of troubled youths
– Volunteered at “Get Fit” Senior 5K walk/run at Towson University
– Packed trucks for MS Society walks around Maryland and volunteered at the MS walk at Towson University in 2009, 2010 and 2011
– Volunteered for “Big Event” at Towson University – went out into local neighborhoods on foot and cleaned up trash
– Weekly visits to Villa Maria, a school for troubled youths
– Separate one-time visit to Villa Maria,and held a football clinic for students at school
– Participated in Colonial Athletic Association blood drive
– Volunteered at Special Olympics at Towson University
– Volunteered at Tigerthon to assist Alpha Xi Delta, which was an all-night dance event
– Entire football staff participated in the “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” event on campus to raise awareness for sexual abuse of women
– Assisted with set-up, clean-up and cheering on young children taking part in the Rodgers Forge Tech Trek.
– Went to White Oak Elementary School to have a question and answer session with students and have a flag football game every Spring
– Assisted local neighbors dispose of large items for Rodgers Forge “Dumpster Day.”
– Worked with local seventh graders to take part in their “AWARE” community mapping day around the Towson area
A native of Frederick County, it is evident how much this community matters to Ambrose.
Ambrose’s selection as “Local Sports Person of the Year” was a simple choice and was considered well deserved by many who knew him.
“As a friend, I couldnt be happier for the accolades he is receiving” Morekas noted. “He is more than worthy of this award from WNST.”
His former mentor at the University of Connecticut, University of Maryland football coach Randy Edsall echoed those sentiments.
“Rob is an outstanding coach. I’m happy for him and he’s deserving of this honor. I have great respect for the job Rob did for me at Connecticut and what he’s doing at Towson. Any awards which come Rob’s way are well-deserved.”
It is with great pride that we recognize Rob Ambrose for his accomplishments both on and off the field in 2011. He is an incredibly worthy recipient of our annual honor.
Ambrose joins previous winners of this award Michael Phelps (2008), Todd Bozeman (2009) and Greivis Vasquez (2010)…Ambrose joined Drew Forrester and Glenn Clark on “The Morning Reaction” Thursday to accept the honor, that conversation is available in the BuyAToyota.com Audio Vault here at WNST.net