CLEARMONT — Arvada-Clearmont’s Clayton Auzqui was selected as the 2018 Section 7 recipient of the National High School Spirit of Sport Award by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
The award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics.
Auzqui was born with Common Variable Immune Deficiency — a disorder that attacks the immune system and makes the individual very susceptible to infections. While most people with this disorder experience a gradual onset of symptoms and aren’t officially diagnosed with CVID until adulthood, Auzqui’s specific type of CVID was so extreme that he was diagnosed at the age of 5 and his life expectancy without treatment was only two years.
Until age 13, Auzqui had to receive eight-hour IVIG treatments to replace his non-productive immune system each month at the Cancer Center in Gillette.
The complications from CVID and his treatments caused other health issues as well.
Among them, Auzqui dealt with a lung biopsy, an enlarged spleen and GLILD — a disease that decreases the amount of air flow in the lungs.
Auzqui served as team captain in both football and basketball as a senior and in track during his junior and senior years.
He earned 3A All-Conference recognition in football and the National Football Foundation Wyoming Chapter Perseverance Award. Among the numerous ways that he has given back to his school, Auzqui assists in a two-days-per-week mentoring program in which he works with fifth- and sixth-grade math students.