NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE FOOTBALL HOF - CHICAGO METRO AWARDS
Monday, February 15, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CST)
The NFF Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony will be at Halas Hall (1920 Football Drive in Lake Forest). Thanks to a dollar-for-dollar match by the Chicago Bears and Bears Care, more than $20,000 in college scholarships will be provided. Details are provided below.
- Monday, February 15, 2016 (President's Day) from 3:30-6pm.
- Jeff Joniak (the play-by-play Voice of the Chicago Bears) is the Master of Ceremonies.
- The National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards will be provided to two Chicago area high school seniors that excel in athletics, in the classroom and in the community (Lincoln-Way East's Ben Christensen and Batavia's Derek Nutley). Scholarship recipients are nominated by their high school coach each November.
- The Chicago Bears Community Champion Awards will be presented to two high school senior football players that have demonstrated excellence in their community and volunteer endeavors (Yorkville's Joey Nauman and Bremen's Philip Powers).
- Since 2006, $180,000 in college scholarships have been provided to Chicago area student-athletes. Each of the four student-athletes will receive partial tuition scholarships. Nationally, more than $1 million in college scholarships are provided annually.
- Wendell Phillips Academy will be honored for winning the 4A State Championship.
- Bill Carollo (Coordinator of Officials from the Big Ten, MAC and Missouri Valley Conferences) will receive the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award.
- Among recent speakers and/or attendees at the event are Pro Football Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, retired Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill, Illinois State Head Coach Brock Spack, Deloitte Tax Chairman and American Youth Football Hall of Famer Carl Allegretti, 2011 BCS National Championship Referee Bill LeMonnier, record-setting college QB's Dan Persa and Chandler Harnish, and more. Fitzgerald was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and Kill received the NFF Courage Award in 2010. Prior recipients of the NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award include Delany (2012), LeMonnier (2011) and Allegretti (2010).
- The NFF Mental Toughness Award will be presented to several college football players from the University of Illinois (Wes Lunt), Northern Illinois University (Cameron Clinton-Earl), Northwestern University (Matt Frazier) and Illinois State University (Brent Spack).
- Fred Mitchell will present the 2015 Fred Mitchell Award to St. Ambrose University kicker Matt Cotiguala. This Award is presented to the top FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA or NJCAA place-kicker (750+ eligible kickers) based on performance on the football field and in the community. Previous Award recipients include Concordia-St. Paul's Tom Obarski, Fordham's Patrick Murray, West Texas A&M's Sergio Castillo, Saint Xavier University's Tom Lynch and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Jeff Schebler.
- Former NFL/college football players will attend. Prior year attendees have included Chicago Bears President/CEO Ted Phillips, Chicago Bears ownership from the McCaskey family, Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, Heisman Trophy winners Gary Beban (UCLA) and John Lattner (Notre Dame), Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald, North Carolina State Head Coach Dave Doeren, former Illinois Head Coaches Tim Beckman and Ron Zook, retired Minnesota Head Coach Jerry Kill, Illinois State Head Coach Brock Spack, Saint Xavier Head Coach Mike Feminis, retired Purdue Head Coach Joe Tiller, College Football Hall of Famers (Jim Covert, Steve McMichael, Tom Beck, Chris Zorich, Chris Bisaillon, Leroy Keyes, Pat Fitzgerald), Pro Football Hall of Famers (Marv Levy, Richard Dent, Dave Casper, Ted Hendricks), John Mackey Award winner Tim Stratton, Kyle Orton, Jarrett Payton, Dan Jiggetts, Dave Revsine, Howard Griffith, Tom Zbikowski, Glen Kozlowski, Brian Baschnagel, Desmond Clark, Bobby Douglass, Gary Fencik, Bob Thomas, Emery Moorehead and more.
- The cost includes a 1 year NFF Membership valued at $40 for each paid attendee. Attendees that are already NFF Members will have their current membership extended by 1 year. Proceeds are used to provide college scholarships at this event, with a match provided by a generous contribution from Bears Care.
- Space is limited to 150 people on a first-to-register basis.
- Only registered attendees can attend the Awards Ceremony. Your name must be on the attendee list for Halas Hall security to enter Halas Hall. There are no paper tickets to this event.
- Business casual attire. Soft drinks and bottled water will be provided.