Soldotna senior Brenner Furlong was named the Trajan Langdon Youth Award winner Tuesday by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, an honor deserved for those who showcase leadership, sportsmanship and inspiration.
A Soldotna High senior, Furlong was selected among a pool of contenders that was narrowed down by the Hall of Fame board of directors following a public submission process. The Trajan Langdon Youth Award was named after the basketball star that helped East Anchorage to three state titles in the 1990’s and later played for Duke University, before becoming the first Alaskan to play in the NBA.
The Youth Awards recipients will be honored April 24 at the Anchorage Museum during the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame ceremony. Furlong will be joined by the male and female Pride of Alaska Youth award winners, Gus Schumacher of Service and Alissa Pili of Dimond.
Furlong was awarded the Gatorade Football Player of the Year as a junior in 2016 and is a two-time Offensive Player of the Year. Furlong also holds a track and field state crown in the 400-meter dash.
Outside of sports, a Hall of Fame release noted that Furlong “pays special attention to kids who need extra help, either due to a physical disability or in need of additional support with rides or help studying”.