Congratulations to Memorial’s Marcus Gahagen and Will Durchholz, recipients of the 2016 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes Award.
Nominated by their schools, candidates must be a senior in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
The Southern Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation/ College Hall of Fame honored eight high school senior football players at the 2016 Scholar-Banquet on Sunday, April 17th.
The main speaker of the banquet was Jack Harbaugh. A veteran of 42 years coaching football, Coach Harbaugh led Western Kentucky University to a Division IAA football National Championship in 2002. He is a much sought-after motivational speaker. Jack and his wife Jackie have three children. John is the head coach of the NFL Baltimore Ravens; Jim the head football coach at the University of Michigan; and Joani who is married to Indiana University head basketball coach Tom Crean.
The mission of the NFF is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America’s young people.
We will fulfill this mission in the following ways:
- By inspiring young people to excellence: holding up the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game as role models and enshrining them and their achievements in the College Football Hall of Fame.
- By exciting young people, and those who influence them, about the game: in particular, managing the College Football Hall of Fame in such a way as to dramatize the history, exhilaration and value of the game to an ever broadening audience of fans and potential fans.
- By developing, managing and promoting model football programs, which further strengthen the educational and character building qualities of the game.
- By honoring, publicizing and providing financial support to high school and college football players who represent our ideal of the scholar-athlete.
- By continuing a grassroots movement, through local chapters, while involving football fans, coaches, educators, the media and former players in the implementation of the programs, which will fulfill our mission for America
Through this mission, The Foundation serves not only youth, but the nation as well.
Mr. Mike Skvara
Southern Indiana Chapter