IRVING, Texas - Five Curry College football student-athletes were recently inducted as members in good standing into the 2014 National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. All members of the Class of 2014, they are:
Behind the leadership of Jon Hanson, the emeritus chairman of the National Football Foundation, a total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society's eighth year, setting a new record for the number of members in the history of the program, which began in 2007.
"We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence."
Designed to highlight football's unique ability to develop tomorrow's brightest leaders, The NFF Hampshire Honor Society honors the college football players from all divisions of play who each maintain a 3.2 GPA or better during their collegiate careers.
Looking to build on his legacy in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal, Hanson endowed in perpetuity the NFF Hampshire Honor Society through his real estate company, The Hampshire Companies, and its charitable arm, The Hampshire Foundation, in 2007. Since its inception, 4,927 student-athletes have earned membership, including 838 in 2014, 711 in 2013, 721 in 2012, 687 in 2011, 620 in 2010, 564 in 2009, 441 in 2008 and 345 in 2007.
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:
- Being a starter or a significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university
- Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study
- Meeting all NCAA- or NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements
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