Dedication: Our Awards honor the "Excel Greats."
At Excel, we believe in honoring tradition and recognizing greatness. In keeping with this theme, our Player Awards all tell a story. Each award is named after a past Excel Legend, each of whom has their own unique story of greatness and the impact they have had on our camp.
Dr. John Stein Best Defensive Player Award
This award is dedicated to Dr. John Stein, who was a camp coach since the earliest days of Excel. Dr. Stein was legendary for always sitting in the front row and listening to every word taught at Excel. John attended the University of Notre Dame and then Loyola Medical School in Chicago, with the idea of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. When John entered Medical School he was proud to tell everyone that he learned his amazing work ethic at Excel. During Med School, John changed direction and migrated toward Oncology where became a pioneer in many revolutionary procedures that save thousands of lives each year. Dr. Stein once said; "I actually thought that being a doctor was a way that I could probably give back more. I think I picked Oncology primarily because of the unique challenges as far as trying to take care of patients." Dr. Stein passed away due to a severe and sudden staph infection while attending an Oncology Conference in Florida. He was just 46 years old. His commitment and love for his family, his patients, and to Excel will never be forgotten. We are proud to remember him each Friday when we present our Best Defensive Player Awards in each of our four divisions.
1 Million Dollar Gift Celebrates the Work of Dr. John Stein (click to read)