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National Football Foundation Chapter Network Set to Distribute More Than $1 Million in Scholarships in 2017
All-time chapter distribution will exceed $21 million.
Published: 2/14/2017 11:00:00 AM
(Pictured: The NFF Toledo (Ohio) Chapter continues its tradition of having its scholar-athlete class visit a local children's hospital. They were joined in 2016 by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.)

IRVING, Texas (Feb. 14, 2017) –
Spanning more than 5,000 high schools and 500,000 student-athletes, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today that the NFF Chapter Network will distribute more than $1 million in scholarships during its 2017 banquet season, selecting 3,500 student-athletes for recognition as the best and the brightest for their combined achievements 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 Steve 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 120 outposts in 47 states, serves as the backbone of a nationwide effort to encourage academic excellence, leadership and sportsmanship among young football players. Each year the chapters combine to stage more than 300 events, including all-star games, coaching clinics, signing day events, college nights, leadership conferences and more than 85 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 advance their educations. The all-time amount raised and disbursed by the chapters will exceed $21 million this year.

“The scholar-athlete banquet season plays a crucial role in the NFF’s mission of exposing as many young people as possible to football’s special ability to build 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.”

Dozens of big names across the world of college football are expected to support their respective local chapters. NFF Board Members expected to attend chapter banquets include NFF Chairman and College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Mississippi Archie Manning (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.] Chapter, Arkansas Chapter), NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter), NFF Vice Chairman and College Football Hall of Fame inductee from Dartmouth Murry Bowden (Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter), Oklahoma Athletics Director Joe Castiglione (Oklahoma Chapter), Gamble Jones Investment Council Principal Dave Davis (Pasadena/San Gabriel [Calif.] Chapter), College Football Hall of Fame inductee and current Ohio State University senior vice president for alumni relations Archie Griffin (Columbus [Ohio] Chapter), head of Richard W. Jackson Accountancy Corporation Richard Jackson (Pasadena/San Gabriel [Calif.] Chapter), former athletics director and head coach Jack Lengyel (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.] Chapter), Quintana Capital Group Managing Partner Corbin Robertson (Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter) and NACDA executive director Bob Vecchione (Cleary/Northeast Ohio Chapter).

Members of the College Football Hall of Fame who have attended in the past and are anticipated to attend this year include: North Carolina State’s Ted Brown (Minnesota Chapter), Notre Dame’s Dave Casper (Minnesota Chapter), Coach Jim Christopherson (Minnesota Chapter), Ohio State’s Tom Cousineau (Columbus [Ohio] Chapter), Notre Dame’s Bob Crable (Greater Cincinnati Chapter), Coach Doug Dickey (East Tennessee Chapter), UCLA Coach Terry Donahue (Newport Beach [Calif.] Chapter), Georgia coach Vince Dooley (University of Georgia Chapter), Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald (Chicago Metro Chapter, Purdue’s Mark Herrmann (Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter), Toledo [Ohio] Chapter), Arizona State coach Frank Kush (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.] Chapter), SMU’s Jerry LeVias (Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter), North Carolina’s Don McCauley (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.] Chapter), Arizona State’s Randall McDaniel (Minnesota Chapter), Syracuse’s Don McPherson (New York City Chapter), Nebraska’s Tom Osborne (Nebraska Chapter), Arizona State’s Ron Pritchard (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.] Chapter), Missouri’s Johnny Roland (St. Louis/Tom Lombardo Chapter), Coach Bill Snyder (Sunflower [Kan.] Chapter), Coach Jim Tressel (Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio Chapter),  Baylor’s Don Trull (Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter), Michigan State’s Gene Washington (Minnesota Chapter), Oklahoma’s Joe Washington (Oklahoma Chapter) and Arizona State’s Danny White (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.] Chapter).

The current FBS head coaches who have attended in the past and are expected to attend a chapter banquet include: Boston College’s Steve Addazio (Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter), Indiana’s Tom Allen (Central Indiana Chapter), Kansas’ David Beaty (Sunflower [Kan.] Chapter), Wyoming’s Craig Bohl (Wyoming Chapter), Central Michigan’s John Bonamego (State of Michigan Chapter), Northern Illinois’ Rod Carey (Chicago Metro Chapter), Eastern Michigan’s Chris Creighton (State of Michigan Chapter), Duke’s David Cutcliffe (Corrigan/Faircloth [N.C.] Chapter, NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.] Chapter), North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren (Corrigan/Faircloth [N.C.] Chapter, NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.] Chapter), North Carolina’s Larry Fedora (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.] Chapter), Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell (Greater Cincinnati Chapter), Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald (Chicago Metro Chapter, Toledo [Ohio] Chapter), Penn State’s James Franklin (Central Pennsylvania Chapter), Memphis’ Mike Norvell (Memphis [Tenn.] Chapter), Arizona State’s Todd Graham (Valley of the Sun [Ariz.] Chapter), Tennessee’s Butch Jones (East Tennessee Chapter), 2002 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech Chapter), Western Michigan’s Tim Lester (State of Michigan Chapter), Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre (Colorado Chapter), East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery (NFFCHOF Bill Dooley [N.C.] Chapter), Missouri’s Barry Odom (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter), Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez (Southern Arizona Chapter), Kansas State’s Bill Snyder (Sunflower [Kan.] Chapter), Utah State’s Matt Wells (Utah Chapter) and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham (Utah Chapter).

Other prominent names across the world of football who have attended in the past and are expected to again be in attendance include longtime NFL executive Ernie Accorsi (New York City Chapter), Portland State head coach Bruce Barnum (Clark County [Wash.] Chapter), Boston College Director of Athletics Brad Bates (Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter), former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer (Corrigan/Faircloth [N.C.] Chapter), Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett (NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter), Lehigh head coach Andy Coen (Lehigh Valley [Pa.] Chapter), 1983 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Colorado State-Pueblo Dan DeRose (Colorado Chapter), former Wyoming and NFL offensive lineman Adam Goldberg (Wyoming Chapter), UC Davis head coach Dan Hawkins (Sacramento Valley [Calif.] Chapter), College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman and Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt (Texas Tech Chapter), Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan (Allstate Sugar Bowl [La.] Chapter), 1989 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Southern California John Jackson (Pasadena/San Gabriel [Calif.] Chapter), Chicago Bears play-by-play announcer Jeff Joniak (Chicago Metro Chapter), former Ohio State and NFL offensive lineman and current radio voice of Buckeyes football Jim Lachey (Columbus [Ohio] Chapter), former Washington State and NFL kicker Rian Lindell (Clark County [Wash.] Chapter), 2003 NFF National Scholar-Athlete from Mississippi and current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (New York City Chapter), former Temple and current Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Tyler Matakevich (DeSantis-McDougall/Fairfield County [Conn.] Chapter), Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey (Chicago Metro Chapter), former Penn State linebacker and current Big Ten Network analyst Matt Millen (Lehigh Valley [Pa.] Chapter), Washington State Athletics Director Bill Moos (Clark County [Wash.] Chapter), former UCLA head coach and quarterback Rick Neuheisel (Newport Beach [Calif.] Chapter), Central Connecticut State head coach Pete Rossomondo (Northern Connecticut Chapter), Illinois State head coach Brock Spack (Chicago Metro Chapter), recently retired Villanova head coach Andy Talley (Lehigh Valley [Pa.] Chapter, Philadelphia Chapter), former head coach and current athletics director at Northwest Missouri State Mel Tjeerdsma (Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter) and former Hawaii, Arizona and San Jose State head coach Dick Tomey (Southern Arizona Chapter).

Chapter scholar-athlete banquets celebrating significant milestones in 2017 include the 55th Toledo [Ohio] Chapter Banquet, 50th Greater Cincinnati Chapter Banquet, the 25th Clark County [Wash.] Chapter Banquet, the 25th Greater Austin Chapter Banquet, the 25th Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter Banquet and the 10th Minnesota Chapter Banquet.

(All events are scholar-athlete banquets except where noted.)

Southern Arizona Chapter – Tucson, Ariz. – April 9, 2017
Valley of the Sun Chapter – Phoenix, Ariz. – Feb. 1, 2017 (National Signing Day Event)
Valley of the Sun Chapter – Scottsdale, Ariz. – April 8, 2017

Arkansas Chapter – Little Rock, Ark. – Jan. 19, 2017

Los Angeles Chapter – Culver City, Calif. – March 24, 2017
Newport Beach Chapter – Irvine, Calif. – Feb. 11, 2017 (California Showcase)
Northern California Chapter – Burlingame, Calif. – March 3, 2017
Orange County Chapter – Anaheim, Calif. – March 20, 2017
Pasadena/San Gabriel Chapter – West Covina, Calif. – Jan. 25, 2017 (Coaches Mixer)
Pasadena/San Gabriel Chapter – Pasadena, Calif. – March 21, 2017
Pasadena/San Gabriel Chapter – San Dimas, Calif. – April 14, 2017 (Jim Brownfield Memorial Golf Tournament)
San Fernando Valley Chapter – Granada Hills, Calif. – March 30, 2017
Walter J. Zable/San Diego Chapter – San Diego, Calif. – April 7, 2017

Colorado Chapter – Denver, Colo. – April 10, 2017

Casey-O’Brien/New Haven Chapter – North Haven, Conn. – March 31, 2017
DeSantis-McDougall/Fairfield County Chapter – Stratford, Conn. – April 30, 2017
Doc Boisoneau/Northern Connecticut Chapter – Plantsville, Conn. – May 21, 2017
Southeastern Connecticut Chapter – Uncasville, Conn. – April 30, 2017

Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Feb. 25, 2017
Tampa Chapter – Tampa, Fla. – Feb. 9, 2017

Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter – Atlanta, Ga. – Jan. 26, 2017
Touchdown Club of Atlanta-NFF Chapter – Atlanta, Ga. – Feb. 1, 2017 (National Signing Day Event)
University of Georgia Chapter – Athens, Ga. – April 17, 2017

Southern Idaho Chapter – Meridian, Idaho – April 29, 2017

Chicago Metro Chapter – Lake Forest, Ill. – Feb. 20, 2017

Central Indiana Chapter – Indianapolis, Ind. – April 22, 2017
Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter – West Lafayette, Ind. – June 11, 2017
Moose Krause Chapter – South Bend, Ind. – April 26, 2017
Southern Indiana Chapter – Evansville, Ind. – April 30, 2017

Allstate Sugar Bowl Chapter – New Orleans, La. – April 12, 2017
S.M. McNaughton Chapter – Shreveport, La. – March 2, 2017
S.M. McNaughton Chapter – Shreveport, La. – March 17-19, 2017 (NFF Tennis Tournament)

State of Maine Chapter – Brunswick, Maine – May 24, 2017 

Greater Baltimore Chapter – Baltimore, Md. – March 8, 2017

Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter – Newton, Mass. – May 21, 2017
Joseph Mewhiney/Central Massachusetts Chapter – Marlborough, Mass. – May 7, 2017
Western Massachusetts Chapter – Amherst, Mass. – April 9, 2017

State of Michigan Chapter – Dearborn, Mich. – Feb. 15, 2017

Minnesota Chapter – Minneapolis, Minn. – May 7, 2017

Miss/Lou Chapter – Natchez, Miss. – Feb. 23, 2017

Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter – St. Louis, Mo. – Feb. 1, 2017 (National Signing Day Event)
Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter – St. Louis, Mo. – May 7, 2017
Tom Lombardo/St. Louis Chapter – St. Louis, Mo. – July 12, 2017 (M&M Golf Tournament) 

Nebraska Chapter – Lincoln, Neb. – Sept. 15, 2017 (Hall of Fame Banquet)

New Hampshire
Joe Yukica/New Hampshire Chapter – Manchester, N.H. – May 2, 2017

New Jersey
Delaware Valley Chapter – Princeton, N.J. – March 12, 2017
Denny/Rutgers Letterwinners – New Brunswick, N.J. – March 26, 2017
Essex County Chapter – West Orange, N.J. – Jan. 17, 2017 (Sports Nut Night)
Essex County Chapter – West Orange, N.J. – March 8, 2017
Greater Morris County Chapter – Morristown, N.J. – Feb. 9, 2017 (Sports Nut Night)
Greater Morris County Chapter – Morristown, N.J. – March 16, 2017
Passaic County Chapter – Totowa, N.J. – Jan. 26, 2017 (Sports Nut Night)
Passaic County Chapter – Clifton, N.J. – April 26, 2017
South Jersey Chapter – Galloway, N.J. – March 19, 2017

New York
Capital District Chapter – Albany, N.Y. – March 6, 2017
Central New York Chapter – Verona, N.Y. – Jan. 29, 2017
New York City Chapter – New York, N.Y. – April 6, 2017
Rochester Chapter – Rochester, N.Y. – Dec. 12, 2016
Westchester Chapter – Rye, N.Y. – Jan. 26, 2017

North Carolina
Carolinas Senior Football Showcase – Charlotte, N.C. – March 4, 2017
Corrigan/Faircloth Chapter – Greensboro, N.C. – April 25, 2017
NFFCHOF Bill Dooley Chapter – Greenville, N.C. – April 24, 2017

Columbus Chapter – Columbus, Ohio – Feb. 13, 2017
Greater Cincinnati Chapter – Cincinnati, Ohio – Feb. 28, 2017
Mike Cleary/Northeast Ohio Chapter – Westlake, Ohio – March 7, 2017
Toledo Chapter – Toledo, Ohio – March 6, 2017 

Oklahoma Chapter – Oklahoma City – June 2017 

Portland Chapter – Portland, Ore. – Feb. 26, 2017 

Central Pennsylvania Chapter – State College, Pa. – March 12, 2017
Lehigh Valley Chapter – Northampton, Pa. – March 5, 2017
Philadelphia Chapter – Villanova, Pa. – April 3, 2017
Schuylkill/Pottsville Chapter – Minersville, Pa. – April 2, 2017

Rhode Island
Emo DiNitto/Rhode Island Chapter – Warwick, R.I. – May 1, 2017

East Tennessee Chapter – Knoxville, Tenn. – April 22, 2017
Memphis Chapter – Memphis, Tenn. – May 1, 2017  
Middle Tennessee Chapter – Nashville, Tenn. – March 8, 2017 
Mountain Empire Chapter – Johnson City, Tenn. – April 29, 2017

Greater Austin Chapter – Austin, Texas – May 1, 2017
LT Academy/Fort Worth Chapter – Fort Worth, Texas – Feb. 25, 2017
NFF Gridiron Club of Dallas Chapter – Dallas, Texas – April 2, 2017
Texas Tech Chapter – Lubbock, Texas – April 19, 2017
Touchdown Club of Houston Chapter – Houston, Texas – Feb. 18, 2017 (Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase)

Utah Chapter – Orem, Utah – April 12, 2017

Vermont Chapter – Castleton, Vt. – May 7, 2017

/Washington D.C.
National Capital Chapter – Arlington, Va. – April 23, 2017

Clark County Chapter – Vancouver, Wash. – Jan. 18, 2017
King County/Seattle Chapter – Seattle, Wash. – Feb. 26, 2017
Tacoma/Pierce County Chapter – Tacoma, Wash. – May 4, 2017

Wisconsin Chapter – Madison, Wis. – April 21, 2017

Wyoming Chapter – Laramie, Wyo. – March 18, 2017

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