The Columbus Chapter of The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame hosted its 53rd annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Feb. 10, 2014 at the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom on the campus of The Ohio State University.
Awards were presented to top high school and college football scholar-athletes in the Central Ohio Area. 14 high school scholar-athletes received John H. McConnell and Worthington Industries Foundation Scholarships. Remy Powell from St. Charles received the Dr. Sol Maggied-Larry Romanoff Award as the most outstanding high school scholar-athlete. The KBK Foundation, which served as the title sponsor for this year’s event presented the first ever KBK Leadership Awards to Amadou Ndonga, from Independence High School and to Reed Franklin from Kenyon College.
The KBK Leadership Awards were given to showcase Amadou’s and Reed’s performance on the field, but more importantly honoring their work inside the classroom. Both are honor students holding over a 3.0 GPA and active in their communities. They are leaders in that they demonstrate the delicate balance required in pursuing sports while at the same time excelling in school work. The KBK Foundation was proud to highlight the accomplishments of these scholar athletes.
Perhaps the most touching part of the evening was the presentation of the The Tyson Gentry Courage Award to Grant Reed. Grant is the youth that named his cancer “Michigan” and has become known for his successful fight against his disease. His poignant remarks led the crowd to standing ovation and made it clear how important the game of football is to so many. Tyson Gentry presented the award named in his honor. His college football career was cut short by an injury that has left him in a wheel chair. Tyson is completing his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and lives in Florida.
The NFF and College Hall of Fame is a member-supported non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the future of amateur football at local, state and national levels. “It’s a wonderful organization and event,” said former Buckeye running back John Wooldridge, President of the Columbus Chapter and Vice President of Business Development at KBK Enterprises. “Coach (Woody) Hayes always preached about ‘paying forward.’ For those who played or love college football, this is a great way to support some of the great young people in our local high school and college community. The Foundation and its scholarships help mold the leaders of tomorrow through education and football.”