Jeff Dickins was a sports writer at The Hamilton Spectator, with a special fondness for high school sports. When Jeff passed away too young, his colleagues established an annual award in his honour, that celebrates students who excel in athletic involvement, academic achievements and community involvement.
Academic achievement points to the student's ability to consistently maintain high grades while competing or being involved in multiple sports, although participation in a single school sport would not necessarily disqualify one for consideration. For example, an individual could be a member of the school's rowing team and a member of a provincial or national team which has earned recognition for its efforts By the same token a student could be a manager of a school team and coach or manage a team away from the school.
Community involvement would show a student-athlete's participation outside the school environment. Volunteer work with various social agencies, visiting seniors in nursing homes, and coaching non-school teams, are just some of the possible considerations.