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Twenty U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Finalists Honored at Enshrinement Weekend

Sep 1, 2015


On Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, 20 high school students and their families from across the Nation convened in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Weekend. All 20 students were finalists for the U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.

The eventful weekend kicked off for the finalists on Friday, when they attended a welcome dinner and had an opportunity to meet the other young men and women selected as finalists for their excellence in academics, sports and community service.

Twenty high school student finalists for the U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence came together for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement Weekend to be recognized for their excellence in academics, sports and community service.

On Saturday, the finalists gathered for the main event: to announce the winner of the U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence. After a welcome from Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker and a panel discussion with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Marketing) Mr. Mark S. Davis; Hall of Famers Anthony Munoz and James Lofton, and moderated by Mr. George Veras, Executive Vice President, Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Producer Pro Football Hall of Fame, Courtney Cecere of Sidman, Pennsylvania, was named the award winner.

Other Gold Jackets in attendance included Aeneas Williams, Chris Doleman, Michael Irvin, Joe DeLamielleure, Floyd Little and Mike Haynes. That evening, Cecere and the other finalists and their guests attended the Enshrinement ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, where Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf were inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Courtney Cecere of Sidman, Pennsylvania, was named the award winner of the U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.

On Sunday, the finalists attended a Roundtable Luncheon where the newest Gold Jackets shared their thoughts on being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Later that evening, Cecere participated in the coin toss for the first pro football game of the pre-season. Joined by David Baker and Medal of Honor recipients Leroy Petry and Donald Ballard, Cecere and her fellow finalists received well-deserved recognition in the company of true heroes.



U.S. Army – Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Winner Courtney Cecere, joined by David Baker and Medal of Honor recipients Leroy Petry and Donald Ballard, participated in the coin toss for the first pro football game of the pre-season.

Since 2012, The U.S. Army has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in support of the Award for Excellence program. The program, which is open to all sophomore, junior and senior level high school athletes, highlights the academic, athletic and community involvement achievements of student-athletes across the United States.

For more information on the program, click here.

Nominations for the 2016 program will be accepted in fall 2015. Please visit ProFootballHOF.com/Army for updates. 



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