ANNUAL GEORGE WAH SCHOLAR-LEADER-ATHLETE AWARDS DINNER
View the 59th Annual George Wah Scholar-Leader-Athlete virtual banquet event
that aired on Sunday, April 25
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Established in 1962, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation is intimately
involved in amateur football in the Central New Jersey area. Covering 6 counties, 23 high schools
and 2 colleges, Delaware Valley is a visible presence throughout the year.
Led by the dynamic Eric Hamilton, former Head Football Coach at The College of New Jersey
and a team of dedicated volunteers, the Del-Val chapter hosts several NFF programs and is a shining
example of the NFF in action.
The annual Scholar-Athlete banquet is the premier event for the chapter. Held in March, the dinner
attracts over 450 football enthusiasts annually. Each of the High Schools representing 6 counties in the NJ
Delaware Valley honors its top student-athlete along with top performers from the College of New Jersey and
Princeton University. All students, decked out in donated tuxedos from Gianni's Formal Wear, receive a scholarship
for college with the top 3 winning $5,000, $2,500 and $1,500 respectively. Since the banquet's inception, over
$650,000 has been given to date. Other awards presented during the evening are the Robert F. Casicola Distinguished
American, George O'Gorman Contribution to Amateur Football, Hank Johns Coach of the Year Award, Jack Millard Officials
Award, Contribution to Youth Football, Delaware Valley Chapter Little Scholar, Tony Persichilli Meritorious Service
Award, Nick Gusz Good Guy Award, and the President's Chapter Award, given to a member who went above and beyond in his
service to the chapter. It is a truly spectacular event highlighting the area's best and brightest.
Other chapter events during the year further promote the Chapter and Foundation mission as
well as generate funds for scholarships. The Del-Val chapter hosts the Sunshine Classic High
School All-Star game which pits players from the 37 area schools in a much anticipated
showcase. All proceeds from the game go to the Sunshine Foundation and chapter scholarships.
In July, the chapter hosts the Bob Jaroni 7-on-7 passing league. The 12th Man Touchdown Club meets
bi-weekly to honor the top players of the week from the 17 member schools. In December,
the chapter hosts a college recruiting night for students and their parents to meet with recruiters
and admission representatives.
|The mission of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people. You can visit the NFF website at www.footballfoundation.org||
Check out the happenings with The Delaware Valley Chapter's friends at Special Olympics NJ...
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Polar Bear Plunge Cool School Challenge: The cool School challenge, at the Polar Bear Plunge in Seaside, gives students a chance to compete with neighboring schools � or even school faculty � to see who can raise the most money for Special Olympics New Jersey.
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