BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Top honors and moving words for a Burlington basketball coach who went above and beyond.
Sam Jackson received the National Double-Goal Coach award Friday night from the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Jackson is the coach of the Vermont Elite and Vermont Dawgs.
Officials say they picked Jackson because of how he helps kids on and off the court.
"In my eyes, seeing these guys succeed should be the true measure of my success,” said Jackson.
"Coach means the world to me. He's like another father figure to me and when I faced adversity this year, I had cancer, coach was there for me, he's there for me, they're all there,” said Rejos Neopaney, one of the players.
Jackson is one of 50 national award winners.