U.S. Army - Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence

Each year, the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame partner to recognize the Nation’s top high school students who excel in academics, athletics and community service. Twenty-five Award for Excellence finalists receive a formal presentation at their school with a Hall of Fame Player and Soldiers in attendance, as well as a trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Canton, Ohio.

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The United States of America is built by those who do. The pioneers who innovate. The Soldiers who motivate and the athletes who inspire. Together, we lay the foundation for every future generation.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chand:
When the U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two organizations that are founded on strong values, developed this program together, we wanted to celebrate those who strive to not just be great athletes, but to be great people.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow:
To reach a level of excellence requires a variety of skills: dedication to teamwork, adaptability and versatility. Skills that are instilled in every U.S. Army Soldier. That is why this partnership between the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the United States Army is a perfect fit.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk:
Understand that success it not a thing of chance; it’s a choice. You choose to be successful.

Award for Excellence Finalist Jared Van Vleet:
When I saw the award, I just really knew that it was something special and it was something that I wanted to go for.

Award for Excellence Finalist Emily Fisher:
This award has given me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I will forever be thankful for.

Award for Excellence Beth Felix:
I believe that excellence means having character, a sense of service and a heart for the communities we all serve. I don’t know my future path will be in life – whether it will include playing basketball in college or serving in the military. What I do know is that being named a finalist will be one of the greatest honors in my life.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow:
On behalf of the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame, please accept this plaque in recognition of your excellence.