On Jan. 6, 2012 the U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their partnership and launch of the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Program. The program, announced by Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country.
The program will be open to all United States sophomore and junior level high school athletes. Athletes must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and also be active members in their communities to qualify.
“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.”
Formal nominations will be accepted from Feb. 6, through midnight EDT on Apr. 15, 2012. A judging panel comprised of Pro Football Hall of Fame representatives will review submissions and nominate 10 finalists on May 15, 2012. Each of the 10 finalists will receive a special recognition at their school during the fall 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.
For more information on this program, nomination process and to download nomination forms please visit www.profootballhof.com/Army.