Ray Tate Student-Athlete Scholarship Winners Announced
The Steward School
Top athletes and exemplary community members
A hearty Spartan congratulations to the winners of the 2022-23 Ray Tate Student-Athlete Scholarship, Gates Fox ’23 and Sam Roberson ’23. The scholarship is named in memory of Ray Tate, who loved sports and the role they play in developing young adults.
At a ceremony during Upper School Assembly on October 26, Gates and Sam were celebrated for their excellent character, strong work ethic, and extracurricular involvement — characteristics that all Spartans are encouraged to develop and nurture. As the audience cheered (including their proud parents), Gates and Sam were presented $1,000 scholarships by Chuck Wingfield, president of the Spartan Club.
An accomplished athlete, Gates is a two-time state champion with varsity girls basketball. She was named First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-State in basketball. In addition, she was named Second-Team All-Conference and is a state champion for varsity girls lacrosse.
Dedicated to community service, Gates volunteers each summer with girls basketball camps at Local Legends. At Steward, she is president of the Special Olympics Club; president of the Student Council; editor of Steward Ink, the School newspaper; and a spirited Admissions Ambassador.
Sam, who was recently named TCIS Player of the Year, is Steward’s all-time leading scorer in boys soccer. A four-year starter for soccer, he was twice named the VISAA Division II State Player of the Year. In addition, he was named First-Team All-Conference for three consecutive years; and he led the Spartans to their first-ever appearance in a state championship game for soccer last season.
Sam, who has committed to play Division I soccer at Campbell University next year, is also a standout on the basketball court and the baseball field. In addition, he is a dedicated volunteer at Anna Julia Cooper School, where he assists with a variety of sports camps.
"When you have a place like Steward where you can look into the stands and see your teachers, classmates, friends, and family, that's the beauty of school sports. That's when you understand that you're playing for something bigger than yourself." - Coach Kara Bacile