2021 Joe Yukica Scholar/Athletes
The Annual Joe Yukica NH Chapter National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar/Athlete Award Celebration in memory of former Trinity HS Coach Dick Powers took place at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Forty Scholar-Athletes were honored. Timberlane's Devon Simmons received the Donald E. York $1000 Scholarship Award. Former Governor John H. Sununu was named Distinguished American. WMUR's Jamie Staton and Jason King received the James "Red" Hayes Award. Former Brown University Coach Phil Estes was honored with the Andy Mooradian Award. UNH Head Coach Sean McDonnell accepted the award on behalf of Estes who could not attend because of a death in his family.
Governor Christopher Sununu and President Jay Fallon present awards
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The Joe Yukica Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame extends sincere heartfelt thanks to our Sponsors, Advertisers, the NH Fishercats staff and all our guests for participating in our Scholar/Athlete Awards Celebration. We are honored that you shared in our special occasion. Most of all, we appreciate your support of our mission to promote amateur football and academic achievement in the State of New Hampshire.
Our special honorees for the evening were as always, the outstanding football scholars from New Hampshire's high schools. These young men distinguished themselves in the classroom, on the field of play, and as leaders both on and off the field. All are a credit to their families, their schools, their communities and themselves. They are our future.
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The Joe Yukica NH Chapter National Football Foundation is proud to announce that forty outstanding high school football players with exceptional academic achievement have been selected as 2021 Scholar Athletes. They will be honored Tuesday, May 4 (rain date May 5) at the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Manchester. Please click on the link below to see their names. We hope you will join us in celebrating their achievements.
As 2020 draws to a close, the Joe Yukica NH Chapter of the National Football Foundation thanks you for your support during our tragic pandemic. Because of COVID 19, we cancelled our Annual Awards Banquet and the Coach Jeff Francoeur Huddle. Nevertheless, we honored our Scholar Athletes with plaques and a commemorative book of Award Recipient Profiles. We also honored our 2020 NH Official of the Year Jeff Delois and our four Division Champions with the prestigious Chuck Lenahan Award. They are: Division One Nashua North, Coach Dante Laurendi, Division Two Souhegan, Coach Robin Bowkett, Division Three, Pelham, Coach Tom Babaian and Division Four Newport, Coach John Proper.
We wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year. We hope to resume our annual events in 2021. Stay tuned!
The Joe Yukica NH Chapter of the National Football Foundation is proud to congratulate thirty-nine outstanding 2020 Scholar/Athletes. We salute their academic and athletic achievements. Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, the Annual Awards Banquet is cancelled this year. Instead each Scholar/Athlete will be recognized with a special plaque and a commemorative book of Award Recipient Profiles, written by Sports Reporter and Chapter Director Roger Brown. The series of profiles will appear on this website, the New Hampshire Football Report, the Joe Yukica/NH Chapter Facebook page and Instagram http://www.instagram.com/yukica_football/?hl=en We hope you enjoy reading each one.
Founded in 1947, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is dedicated to mobilizing the constructive forces of amateur football, at all levels, for the benefit of society as a whole.
As stated most clearly by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Foundation Gold Medal recipient:
"In football, in business, in the trades and professions, the normal urge to excel provides one of the most hopeful assurances that our kind of society will continue to advance and prosper. Morale ... the win to win, the fighting heart ... are the honored hallmarks of the football coach and player. This morale, this will, this heart...we need not only in athletics teams as individuals, but collectively."
To preserve and encourage these values in our nation's youth, The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame helps to bring together all of the organized groups that play, coach, administer, support and report amateur football. It seeks to establish the true concept of the game as an amateur sport, and to gain recognition of the role it plays in the preservation and advancement of our way of life.
The Foundation's Joe Yukica-New Hampshire Chapter was founded in 1987. Today, it has over 150 members and is one of more than 100 chapters (with over 10,000 members) across the United States. Its mission is to bring the overall national mission close to home: to promote amateur football in the State of New Hampshire.
The cornerstone of the Joe Yukica Chapter's activities is its annual program to honor outstanding high school scholar-athletes in New Hampshire. Recognition of young men who excel on the playing field, in the classroom, and in their communities dramatizes the mission of the New Hampshire Chapter. The Scholar/Athlete Awards Banquet is held in May at the Executive Court banquet facility in Manchester.