The team's achievements were celebrated as were those who won individual awards. The Rebel Robotics also received an Optimum Innovator Award and a team sponsorship from Optimum, totaling $3,000 in funding for the 2022-2023 school year. This year, Optimum provided awards to 15 robotics teams in the categories of inspiration, community, inclusion, technology, and social media. Rebel Robotics was selected as the winner of the Community Connections Award, which celebrates teams that successfully utilize their skills and knowledge to connect with the community and serve others. A $2,000 award is distributed through the team's FIRST account for use during the 2023 competition season.
Additionally, Optimum announced that Rebel Robotics has been added to its list of 40+ sponsored teams for the 2023 season, which includes an additional $1,000 in sponsorship funding.
Optimum Innovator Awards recognize team accomplishments outside of FIRST competition events over the past three years. Applicants submitted summaries and documentation outlining their success in a particular category, and a panel of judges from Optimum rated the applications on criteria for each award.
This annual award program is open to FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams in Optimum and Suddenlink service areas. Optimum Innovator Awards are a continuation of the company's support for FIRST and demonstrate their commitment to supporting the next generation of innovators.