Alumnus Anthony Chiccitt wins Marine Corps Fighting Spirit Award


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Anthony Chiccitt dribbles between two defenders during the Hawks game vs. Trinity on Dec. 10, 2019.

Anna Counihan, Staff Writer

Anthony Chiccitt keeps fighting.

Back in early 2019, Chiccitt was diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He overcame it, only for it to relapse this past summer. He had to undergo a stem cell transplant to help with the recovery process, which required him to remain in the hospital for a long period of time.

Receiving 1,790 total votes, Chiccitt, a 2020 graduate of BPHS where he was a stand-out athlete in baseball, football and basketball,Β won the USMC Fighting Spirit Award!

The Fighting Spirit is the attitude displayed by the United States Marine Corps. The Fighting Spirit Award is given to an individual that has overcome an illness and is still able to demonstrate exemplary character and performance, display exceptional leadership qualities, and always go the extra mile when faced with a task.

Chiccitt plans to use the $500 prize to decrease the cost of school supplies while he is unable to work. Chiccitt attends Robert Morris University and continues to pursue his passion for football there.

When asked what motivates him to continue to be his best self, Chiccitt said: “I have goals set that need to be accomplished, such as getting back to school and football. So what motivates me is getting back to where I was before everything happened so I can go back to living a normal life again.”

He is very happy to have received this award and to be seen as a prime example of a Fighting Spirit.

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