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National Football Foundation Chapter Network Set to Distribute More than $1 Million in Scholarships in 2011
DALLAS, Feb. 21, 2011 - Covering more than 4,800 high schools and 400,000 student-athletes, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that its Chapter Network
Published: 2/21/2011 9:42:35 PM

DALLAS, Feb. 21, 2011 - Covering more than 4,800 high schools and 400,000 student-athletes, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that its Chapter Network will distribute more than $1 million in scholarships during its 2011 banquet season, selecting 3,300 student-athletes for recognition as the best and the brightest for their combined excellence on the gridiron, in the classroom, and as leaders in the community.

"The NFF Chapter Network stands as one of the most valuable forces in all of amateur sports," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The passion of our members knows no bounds, and their efforts have a dramatic impact on inspiring leadership and lifting the academic performance of high school football players nationwide. It's a privilege to shine a light on their collective efforts and play a role in facilitating their impact at the grassroots level."

The NFF Chapter Network, spread across 121 outposts in 47 states, serves as the heartline of a nationwide effort to encourage leadership, sportsmanship and academic excellence among young football players. Each year the chapters collectively stage more than 1,000 events, including coaching clinics, all-star games, leadership conferences, college nights and more than 100 scholarship banquets.

Annually drawing more than 33,000 people and serving as the centerpiece of the chapter's efforts, the NFF banquets stand as an important milestone for the honorees as they claim a portion of more than $1 million in scholarships to further their education. The all-time amount raised and disbursed by the chapters will exceed $15 million this year. Coupled with the all-time amount of $9.5 million disbursed from the national headquarters through the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Program, the all-time amount distributed by the NFF will approach $25 million this year.

"The scholar-athlete banquet season plays a critical role in the NFF's mission of exposing as many young people as possible to football's unique ability in building our next generation of leaders," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "The banquet season holds out the best of today for their peers to emulate. I always stand in awe at the chapter banquets as I listen to the emcees read the accomplishments of our honorees."

Among the many notable individuals who will lending their support by addressing or attending a chapter banquet this year are: Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee (Columbus Chapter); Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel (Columbus Chapter and the Wistert/Toledo Chapter); Miami (Ohio) head coach Don Treadwell (Greater Cincinnati Chapter); Princeton head coach Bob Surace (Lehigh Valley [Pa.] Chapter); Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema (Chicago Metro Chapter); Heisman Trophy Winner Eddie George (Springfield [Ohio] Chapter); Purdue NFF National Scholar-Athlete Drew Brees (Joe Tiller [Northwest, Ind.] Chapter); and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly (Portland [Ore.] Chapter). College Football Hall of Fame inductees schedule to attend include Ted Hendricks (Miami, Fla.); John Lattner (Notre Dame); Jimbo Covert (Pittsburgh); Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern); Steve McMichael (Texas); Brad Budde (USC); and Mark Herrmann (Purdue).

The chapters distributing more than $20,000 in annual scholarships include: the Middle Tennessee (Nashville) Chapter, $41,000; Delaware Valley (N.J.) Chapter, $37,000; Greater Atlanta (Ga.) Chapter, $36,000; Walter Zable (San Diego, Calif.) Chapter, $34,000; Joe Tiller (Northwest, Ind.) Chapter, $30,000; Schuylkill/Pottsville (Pa.) Chapter, $28,000; Corrigan/Faircloth (Greensboro, N.C.) Chapter, $28,000; Valley of the Sun Chapter (Scottsdale, Ariz.) Chapter, $28,000; Orange County (Calif.) Chapter, $26,000; Northern California Chapter, $24,000; Wyoming Chapter, $22,500; Westchester County (N.Y.) Chapter, $22,500; Greater Baltimore (Md.) Chapter, $22,500; Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio (Cleveland) Chapter, $22,000; Tom Lombardo (St. Louis, Mo.) Chapter, $21,000; and Portland (Ore.) Chapter, $20,000.

Chapters hosting their 50th annual banquet in 2011 include the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Chapter, East Tennessee (Knoxville) Chapter; Greater Baltimore Chapter; Schuykill/Pottsville (Pa..) Chapter; and the Middle Tennessee (Nashville) Chapter. The University of Georgia (Athens) Chapter hits the 25 year milestone this year while the Corrigan/Faircloth (Greensboro, N.C.) and the Sun Flower (Topeka, Kan.) chapters turn 20. The Rochester (N.Y.) Chapter will stage its 10th annual event.

NFF CHAPTER BANQUETS 2010-11

Arizona
Valley of the Sun Chapter - Scottsdale, Ariz. - March 19, 2011
Southern Arizona Chapter - Tucson, Ariz. - April 3, 2011

Arkansas
Arkansas Chapter - North Little Rock, Ark. - April 23, 2011

California
Los Angeles Chapter - Culver City, Calif. - March 18, 2011
Northern California Chapter - Burlingame, Calif. - Feb. 17, 2011
Orange County Chapter - Anaheim, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2011
Sacramento Chapter - Sacramento, Calif. - March 10, 2011
Walter J. Zable/San Diego Chapter - San Diego, Calif. - March 18, 2011
San Fernando Chapter - Studio City, Calif. - March 29, 2011

Colorado
Colorado Chapter - Denver, Colo. - Feb. 21, 2011

Connecticut
Gene Casey/New Haven Chapter - North Haven, Conn. - April 8, 2011
Northern Connecticut Chapter - Plantsville, Conn. - May 15, 2011
Ralph Desantis/Fairfield Chapter - Norwalk, Conn. - April 28, 2011
Southeastern Connecticut Chapter - New London, Conn. - April 3, 2011

Florida
Brian Piccolo Chapter - North Broward, Fla. - April 20, 2011
Greater Orlando Chapter - Orlando, Fla. - April 23, 2011
Tampa Chapter - Tampa, Fla. - April 13, 2011

Hawaii
Hawaii Chapter - Honolulu, Hawaii - May 1, 2011

Idaho
Southern Idaho Chapter - Boise, Idaho - April 16, 2011

Illinois
Chicago Metro Chapter - Chicago, Ill. - Feb. 21, 2011

Indiana
Central Indiana Chapter - Indianapolis, Ind. - Feb. 26, 2011
Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter - Valparaiso, Ind. - March 6, 2011
Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter - West Lafayette, Ind. - June 16, 2011

Louisiana
Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter - New Orleans, La. - April 13, 2011
S.M. McNaughton Chapter - Shreveport, La. - Feb. 24, 2011

Maine
State of Maine Chapter - Brunswick, Maine - May 25, 2011

Maryland
Greater Baltimore Chapter - Baltimore, Md. - March 2, 2011

Massachusetts
Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter - Braintree, Mass. - May 9, 2011
Joe Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter - Marlborough, Mass. - May 1, 2011
Western Massachusetts Chapter - Amherst, Mass. - April 10, 2011

Minnesota
Minnesota Chapter - St. Paul, Minn. - April 17, 2011

Mississippi
Miss-Lou Chapter - Natchez, Miss. - Feb. 25, 2011
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter - Gulfport, Miss. - April 13, 2011

Missouri
Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter - St. Louis, Mo. - May 1, 2011

New Hampshire
Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter - Manchester, N.H. - May 3, 2011

New Jersey
Central Jersey Chapter - East Brunswick, N.J. - April 17, 2011
Delaware Valley Chapter - Princeton, N.J. - March 13, 2011
Essex County Chapter - West Orange, N.J. - March 9, 2011
Morris County Chapter - Morristown, N.J. - May 3, 2011
Passaic County Chapter - Clifton, N.J. - March 28, 2011
South Jersey Chapter - Galloway, N.J. - Feb. 27, 2011
New York
Capital District Chapter - Albany, N.Y. - May 9, 2011
Central New York Chapter - Verona, N.Y. - Jan. 30, 2011
Rochester Chapter - Rochester, N.Y. - June 6, 2011
Westchester Chapter - Rye, N.Y. - Jan. 27, 2011

North Carolina
Bill Dooley/Triangle Chapter - Chapel Hill, N.C. - April 19, 2011
Corrigan/Faircloth Chapter - Greensboro, N.C. - May 2, 2011
Ohio
Cleary/Northeast Ohio Chapter - Westlake, Ohio - April 25, 2011
Columbus Chapter - Columbus, Ohio - Feb. 7, 2011
Springfield Chapter - Springfield, Ohio - March 2, 2011
Cincinnati Chapter - Cincinnati, Ohio - March 3, 2011
Wistert/Toledo Chapter - Toledo, Ohio - March 14, 2011

Oregon
Oregon Chapter - Portland, Ore. - Dec. 15, 2010

Pennsylvania
Central Pennsylvania Chapter - State College, Pa. - March 27, 2011
Lehigh Valley Chapter - Northampton, Pa. - March 6, 2011
Schuylkill/Pottsville Chapter - Pottsville, Pa. - April 3, 2011

Rhode Island
Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter - Warwick, R.I. - May 2, 2011

South Carolina
Midlands Chapter - Columbia, S.C. - April 24, 2011

Tennessee
East Tennessee Chapter - Knoxville, Tenn. - April 16, 2011
Memphis Chapter - Memphis, Tenn. - May 9, 2011
Middle Tennessee Chapter - Nashville, Tenn. - March 7, 2011

Texas
Greater Austin Chapter - Austin, Tex. - May 9, 2011
Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter - Arlington, Tex. - April 20, 2011
Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter - Houston, Tex. - Feb. 19, 2011

Utah
Utah Chapter - Orem, Utah - April 19, 2011

Vermont
Vermont Chapter - Castleton State College, Vt. - May 1, 2011

Virginia
National Capital Chapter - Arlington, Va. - April 3, 2011
Southwest Virginia Touchdown Club Chapter - Bluefield, Va. - March 26, 2011

Washington
Clark County Chapter - Vancouver, Wash. - Jan. 19, 2011
King County/Seattle Chapter - Seattle, Wash. - Feb. 13, 2011

West Virginia
West Virginia Chapter - Morgantown, W.Va. - May 22, 2011

Wyoming
Wyoming Chapter - Laramie, Wyo. - March 19, 2011

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