Five former Uplifting Athletes Chapter leaders named to 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society


SPENCER DRANGOWhen a college football student-athlete chooses to take on a leadership role of an Uplifting Athletes Chapter, it take a special level of drive, compassion and commitment to ensure the mission is carried out.

So it should come as no surprise that five former Uplifting Athletes Chapter leaders were honored as part of the 2016 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career.

A total of 868 players from 275 schools qualified for membership as the society celebrates its 10th year, setting a new record for the number of players honored during the history of the program.

Spencer Drango from Baylor, Ben Kline of Penn State, Joe Schmidt out of Notre Dame, Riley Dixon of Syracuse and Fordaham’s Garrick Mayweather Jr. are the former Uplifting Athletes Chapter leaders named to the 2016 NFF Hampshire Honor Society.

Founded in 2007 by former Penn State wide receiver Scott Shirley, Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit that inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. The challenges faced by the rare disease community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone.

The grassroots efforts of the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of student-athlete led chapters, which includes half the schools in the Big Ten, ACC and at least one chapter in each of the Power Five Conferences, are uniquely positioned to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the 775 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.
Ben Kline

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