Lexington Clinic Orthopedics-Sports Medicine announces the 2017 Athlete of the Year winner, Christian Beckley of Asbury University.


The Lexington Clinic Orthopedics - Sports Medicine Athlete of the Year Program recognizes local athletes for exemplifying outstanding character in athletics. Join Lexington Clinic Orthopedics-Sports Medicine at the Lexington Legends game on June 17 for the exciting announcement of the Athlete of the Year!

Below are the 2017 nominees for Athlete of the Year.

Christian Beckley | Asbury University

Christian Beckley is a junior at Asbury University.  He is the son of David and Melissa Beckley.  Christian was nominated for his hard work and dedication to the Asbury University Baseball team and his great character and attitude while overcoming a UCL reconstruction in 2015.  Off the baseball field, he also likes to hunt, fish and spend time with his family and friends.  Christian will continue to fulfill his role as a pitcher with the Asbury Baseball team next year hoping to come back even stronger.  Christian defines a true athlete as someone that is a leader to their team on and off the field, and shows respect for everyone around them at all times whether they are winning or losing. 

Wilson Martin | Transylvania University

Wilson Martin is a junior at Transylvania University and was nominated for his accomplishments with the men’s soccer team.  He is the son of Glenn and Daphne Martin.  When Wilson isn’t playing soccer, he is a member of the fraternity Phi Kappa Tau and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).  Wilson’s greatest memory during his soccer career was the first time he got to join his team on the field after having ACL reconstruction.  He describes a true athlete as someone who respects the sport and their opponent, while leading by example, and who has a positive attitude towards their own teammates and coaches no matter what the sport may throw their way.

Kenton Edwards | Bourbon County High School

Kenton Edwards is a senior at Bourbon County High School.  He is the son of Stacy and Tonya Edwards.  Kenton was nominated for his positive attitude and work ethic while playing football and participating in track and field.  Off the field, he is involved in his youth group, National Honor’s Society, Beta Club, mentoring and tutoring.  Kenton’s greatest memory while at Bourbon was winning Regional’s in triple jump after only doing the triple jump two times the week prior to competition.  His definition of a true athlete is someone who knows true sportsmanship, and someone who gives their teammates, coaches, parents and trainers the thanks they deserve.

Bo Schuh | Transylvania University

Bo Schuh is a sophomore at Transylvania University and was nominated for his hard work and determination with the men’s basketball team.  Bo is the son of Mike and Julea Schuh.  His greatest obstacle he has encountered is returning to play basketball after having ACL reconstruction.  He defines a true athlete as one who wants to drive his coaches and teammates to be better everyday, who stays competitive against opposing teams, but remembers their rival players are trying to obtain the same goals as them and must show a necessary level of respect.

Anthony Myrks-Brewer | Berea College

Anthony Myrks-Brewer is a senior at Berea College.  He is the son of James "Boo” Brewer and Debbie Brewer.  Anthony was nominated for his leadership and positivity with the basketball team.  Along with his dedication to the basketball team, Anthony is a member of CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), BMI (Black Males Initiative), Mortar Board (National Honors Society), a leader of AIA (Athletes in Action) and a part of the Farristown Mentoring Program.  One of Anthony’s favorite memories is starting an Athletes in Action organization at Berea, allowing him the opportunity to mentor and pour into the underclassman of the basketball team.  His definition of a true athlete is an individual who shows respect, humility, compassion and empathy. 

Christie Funk | University of the Cumberlands

Christie Funk is a sophomore at the University of Cumberlands and was nominated for her integrity and leadership on the soccer field.  Christie is the daughter of Lori and Brian Funk.  Outside of soccer, Christie plays tennis, is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), she volunteers at summer Bible School, Mustard Seeds food drive and in the Special Needs class at her local high school.  So far in her soccer career, Christie’s fondest memory is making all academic honors while juggling the difficult schedule of a student-athlete.  Christie believes that a true athlete is one that honors God on and off the field, is positive, motivates teammates to their full potential, does more than what is expected, respects officials even when there is a disagreement with a call and one that understands that they are playing for their teammates and coaches as well.