Idaho Steelheads second-year defenseman Cody Lampl of Ketchum and the Steelheads Hockey Organization have received the Boise Education Association 2011 "Friend of Education" awards for their work at Frank Church Alternative High School in Boise.
The awards were presented during a school assembly at Frank Church May 19. According to a press release from the school, "Cody has made a real connection with our kids and everyone, students and staff alike, looks forward to his visits."
"I really appreciate the students and staff here at Frank Church letting me come out and help," Lampl said after receiving the award in front of the students. "I also appreciate the Steelheads organization being so supportive of the school and what we're doing here."
Lampl worked with the school to create "Cody's Crew," an incentive program to reward students for good grades, good attendance, and good behavior. With Lampl acting as the program's ambassador in the school, the Steelheads have donated nearly 1,000 tickets over two seasons to students at Frank Church that reached their goals in those areas.
Lampl has also been a very active volunteer, mentor, and tutor at the school, visiting the school on his own time throughout the school year. He sometimes visits two or three times per week, as his schedule allows. "We're very proud of Cody," Steelheads president Eric Trapp said. "He's been an excellent role model in the community for us."
The "Friend of Education" Award is awarded annually by the Boise Education Association to those who have donated time, talent, and energy to help the educational process in Boise schools.
Former Sun Valley Junior Hockey and Sun Valley Suns player Lampl, 25, is the first player with Idaho roots to play for the Steelheads minor league hockey team. In two seasons, he has 28 points (27 assists) in 97 season games. He has also appeared in 17 playoff games.