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Hockey Athlete Scores Sports Honor

Austin McCarthy, a 10-year-old from Ludington, Mich., was named "Sports Kid of the Year" on "The Early Show" by Sports Illustrated Kids magazine.

Last season, McCarthy, who plays ice hockey, scored 173 goals, 46 assists, and 35 hat tricks.

As McCarthy continues to rise in youth hockey - he skipped ahead to Pee Wee this season - he has also maintained a commitment to his schoolwork. He received two citizenship awards and the Presidential Physical Fitness Award last school year.

The "Sports Kid of the Year" award honors a young athlete (ages 7 to 15) for his or her superior performance on the field, in the classroom and service to his or her community.

Bob Der, managing editor of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine, surprised McCarthy and his family, who nominated him for the award, on "The Early Show" with a poster and special letter jacket. McCarthy was one of five finalists among thousands of entrants in the competition, according to Der.

Der said, "Austin's outstanding achievements, not just on the ice, but also in school and as part of his community really make him worthy of recognition."

For more with McCarthy and his family, click on the video below.


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