U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame Announce 2017 Award for Excellence
The U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today the fifth year of their partnership for the national U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. The program is currently accepting nominations and is open to all sophomore, junior and senior high school student-athletes in the United States.
The Award for Excellence program will recognize 25 outstanding high school student-athletes who will be chosen as finalists based on their excellence in academics, athletics and community service.
“These student-athletes, like our Soldiers, understand the importance of leadership and teamwork, and they use key skills like adaptability, versatility and innovation to achieve in any environment, be it in the classroom, on the playing field or in the local community,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “The U.S. Army is proud to partner with the Pro Football Hall of Fame on this program, which recognizes and celebrates student-athletes and their well-rounded commitment to excellence.”
“The Award for Excellence program celebrates the achievements of extraordinary high school-aged individuals who will shape the future of our country,” said David Baker, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s president. “The Pro Football Hall of Fame appreciates the U.S. Army’s support and commitment in shining the light on the values shared by these great young people and our Gold Jackets.”
This spring, each finalist will be honored by Army soldiers and a Pro Football Hall of Famer during an event at his or her high school. The finalist will be presented a plaque, and the Hall of Famer will discuss the importance of excellence and what it has meant during his illustrious career.
Next August, all 25 finalists will convene in Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week. The finalists will be honored throughout the festivities, and the 2017 Award for Excellence winner will be selected during a luncheon with Hall of Famers on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. He or she will receive a $2,500 grant from the Pro Football Hall of Fame and will also be recognized during the NFL/Hall of Fame Game, the NFL’s preseason opener.
“The Pro Football Hall of Fame is honored to renew our partnership with the U.S. Army for the fifth consecutive year,” said George Veras, executive vice president, chief revenue officer and executive producer for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “This year we have expanded to 25 Finalists and it is a testament to the shared values of the Hall and the U.S. Army.”
The following “Gold Jackets” (living Hall of Famers) have participated in past Award for Excellence ceremonies across the country: Michael Irvin, Jerome Bettis, Joe DeLamielleure, Marshall Faulk, Darrell Green, Bob Griese, Mike Haynes, Floyd Little, Anthony Muñoz, Barry Sanders, Art Shell, Lynn Swann and Rod Woodson.
Also, as part of the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame partnership, Hall of Famers Derrick Brooks and Kevin Greene will serve as honorary coaches on the sidelines of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, played at the San Antonio Alamodome on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.
The deadline to submit nominations is December 30, 2016.