WEYMOUTH, Mass. – The Adam Keenan Award is a Futures League award given to one player each year in the name and memory of Adam Keenan. Born on April 29th, 1991, Adam loved the game of baseball and had a lot of talent as he played at both Franklin Pierce University and University of Massachusetts Lowell. He also played as a part of the Seacoast Mavericks of the Futures League.
On June 6th, 2011, Adam passed away suddenly. He had a rare, undiagnosed heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy or ARVC. He was an amazing individual that exhibited sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and passion for the game of baseball. His legacy will live on through this award.
“This award is bestowed upon the player who exemplifies the outstanding attitude, character, and sportsmanship that is synonymous with Adam Keenan’s legacy.”
This year’s award winner is North Shore Navigators infielder Andrew Olszak. Olszak has been a standout player for the Navigators this entire season in his play, but his attitude is something that has not gone unnoticed. The way he plays is the embodiment of what you want in a teammate. He is a great representative of the North Shore Navigators and the Futures Collegiate Baseball League with his leadership and how hard he plays each and every game. Olszak has missed just five games for North Shore this season and never missed a college game at University of Southern Maine. He works extremely hard day in and day out to make sure he gets the most out of his experience with the Futures League.
Olszak is also a North Shore Navigators intern by day and a star player by night. He shows an outstanding work ethic as the team may get home late from an away trip and he will be right back in there in the morning to do whatever the team needs. On top of that, he also ran the Navigators’ baseball camp this summer for children to learn baseball skills and technique.
Olszak finished the 2019 regular season with a .282 batting average and ranked 3rdin the league in hits with 59 and tied for 3rdin doubles with 13. He also put up 26 RBIs and scored 39 runs in 209 at-bats. However, it is not about the statistics when talking about this award. The way Andrew goes about each and every day is indeed synonymous with Adam Keenan’s legacy. Olszak will go down in history as a great representative of this Adam Keenan Sportsmanship Award for years to come.