Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe recently announced a partnership between The U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Program. This program will highlight the achievements of student-athletes across the country. The program will be open to all United States sophomore and junior level high school athletes; however, to qualify the athlete must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and also be an active member in their community.
“Athletes and Army Strong Soldiers possess a unique and similar set of strengths,” said Lieutenant General Benjamin Freakley, U.S. Army. “We are excited to be partnering with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help recognize outstanding student-athletes across the country; athletes who not only excel in their area of sport, but also excel academically and are upstanding members of their communities. We look forward to working with schools across the country to highlight their student athletes’ successes and achievements.”
Nominations for the award will take place from February 6, through April 15, 2012. On May 15, 2012, a judging panel comprised of Pro Football Hall of Fame representatives wil review all entries and nominate 10 finalists on May 15, 2012. Each finalist will receive special recognition at their school and will travel to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The winner of the Award for Excellence will be announced during the Bowl’s formal Awards Dinner on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud and pleased to continue its mission to educate and promote the excellence that comes with America’s favorite game, football, and combine it with the U.S. Army’s mission of excellence in school, community service and through athletics, in this “American Idol” search for the best high school seniors, who will then be honored by Pro Football Hall of Famers,” said George Veras, President and CEO, Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises.