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June, 2017

Dr. Arnold Scheller, the recipient of the NFF Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter Distinguished American Award, delivered the following acceptance speech May 1, 2017 at the chapter’s annual scholar-athlete banquet. A former college football player at Boston University, Scheller served as a U.S. Army Ranger Medical Officer, and he received a Bronze Star for his valor in combat. When he was not serving his country, Scheller established himself as one of Boston’s most prominent orthopedic surgeons, including serving as the Boston Celtics team doctor and a team physician for the U.S. training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. I would like to first thank the Foundation, Emo Dinitto, Tom Shola and Dr. Bill Garrahan, my mentors in high school for this distinguished award. It is a true honor! I would also like to thank my family and friends who have always been there to support me. Sonia, my wife of 42 years, has always been there for me in all my endeavors and I am forever thankful. These fine youn ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 6/9/2017 12:53 PM By Alan Cox

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The following speech was given by Captain Brent Blackmer of the U.S. Navy at the NFF State of Maine chapter dinner on May 24. He is a former chapter high school scholar-athlete from Deering High School and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Blackmer is currently one of the Navy's leading jet pilots with 4,000+ flight hours and 900+ carrier landings. There are three rules to public speaking: be interesting, be brief, be forgotten. I can guarantee the last two… In an attempt to be interesting I’ll relate a story about flying and Patriots football – two of my greatest passions. I had the honor of conducting the flyover of the AFC Divisional playoff after the 2004 season. We launched into a snowstorm and we flew well below Navy regulations to maintain sight of Gillette Stadium. We were slightly behind timeline and, to catch up, I went a bit faster than allowed by Navy regulations. So, when our two F/A-18 Hornets arrived overhead, in full afterburner, at 550mph and 200’ over the ... Read the rest of entry »

Posted on 6/6/2017 9:21 AM By Alan Cox

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