Each year, the Monarch baseball program selects a player for the Matt Mason Award – an honor given to those who display the same spirit of service and passion for life that former Monarchs and fallen Navy SEAL Matt Mason exemplified. Mason’s parents and closest friends were on hand to present the award to this year’s honoree: Steven D’Amico.
Steven D’Amico also received scholarship funds thanks to the Matt Mason Award. The scholarship was first awarded during the 2013-2014 Academic School Year. Family, friends and classmates set up the scholarship to keep Mason’s name alive and honor a man they truly treasure. They hope to continue to keep the scholarship active in the future and continue to support student success in honor of the fallen national hero.
Matt Mason was serving as a member of the elite Naval Special Operations Command ( SOC) when his Navy SEAL team was involved in a fatal helicopter crash. Mason, along with 37 other service members, were killed when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in August 2011 .
Before Mason became a Navy SEAL he attended MCC- Maple Woods and played baseball. Mason enrolled at MCC-Maple Woods in 1993 and was a leader on the baseball team for two years.
Bobby Wisdom, who played baseball with Mason at MCC-Maple Woods said, “Matt was a loyal teammate whose work ethic, dedication, and passion inspired everyone around him to be better and work harder. Matt possessed a great love for life’s adventures and this passion was contagious,” said Wisdom. “He impacted many lives, including those who never had the honor of meeting this great man. Matthew Mason was a remarkable husband, a dedicated father, and a loyal friend and teammate.”