Local athletes to be honored at 9th Annual National Football Foundation Awards Banquet

Published 8:58 am Friday, March 24, 2023

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JOHNSON CITY – The Mountain Empire Chapter of the National Football Foundation has announced its annual awards banquet will be Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 9:30 am at the DoubleTree Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee. Fifteen elite student-athletes from its member schools will be recognized, and over $7,000 in college scholarships will be awarded. Prominent college coaches from across the region have been invited to attend. The John Robert Bell Coach’s Award and James Cradic Official’s Award will be presented to a legendary coach and football official, who will subsequently be inducted into the NFF Mountain Empire Football Hall of Fame.
High School Scholar-Athletes to be recognized include:
  • Cloudland – Gage McKinney
  • Daniel Boone – Ben Shrewsbury
  • David Crockett – Chase Schroeck
  • Dobyns-Bennett – Jake Carson
  • Elizabethton – Nate Stephens
  • Greeneville – Brady Quillen
  • Hampton – Levi Lunsford
  • Happy Valley – Bronson Norman
  • Johnson County – Grinnan Walker
  • North Greene – Corbin Hayes
  • South Greene – Hunter Burkey
  • Tennessee High – Evan Bedwell
  • Unaka – Landon Ramsey
  • West Greene – Ethan Turner
  • West Ridge – Kayden Puck
Also, present for the spectacular event will be the 2023 Hall of Fame Class to be included into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame:
  • Ed Cifers – Dobyns-Bennett (1934) (represented by his family)
  • Todd Collins – Jefferson County (1987)
  • Randy Sanders – Morristown East (1983)
  • Coach Ken Green – Daniel Boone High School
About the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, the National Football Foundation Scholarship Program awards more than $1.3 million annually and has distributed nearly $30 million since its inception in 1959. In the eight years since our local chapter’s inception, we have had the privilege to recognize nearly 86 football student-athletes & awarded over $37,000 in scholarships.
Learn more at www.footballfoundaiton.org and https://nffmountainempirechapter.weebly.com. Visit the National Football Foundation Mountain Empire Hall of Fame at Meadowview Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport, TN.

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