Michael Phelps Names Two Benjamin Athletes ‘Player Of The Year’

Two Benjamin student-athletes were named “Player of the Year” at The Palm Beach Post’s All-Star Preps Best of Palm Beach County banquet on May 24 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Featured speaker Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all-time, presented senior Kaiir Elam with the Player of the Year Award for football, and Junior Ellie Blain with Player of the Year for volleyball.

Phelps shared advice on sports and life, his training as an Olympic athlete, and his struggles with mental health.

Athletic Director Ryan Smith ‘93 said it was an outstanding event with Phelps as the guest speaker and a great honor for Blain and Elam to be recognized for their talents as student-athletes. Coach Alex Clarke was also selected as volleyball Coach Of The Year.

“We are not surprised that these three individuals were recognized at the highest level as they all had incredible seasons in their respective sports,” said Smith.



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