PARADE and Inspireum announce Top 50 High School Football ‘Rudy’ Award Semifinalists
Drew Bledsoe and Troy Aikman search for the
Most Inspirational High School Football Players in America
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bend, OR – November 01, 2011 – For three years, Inspireum has been searching for the most inspiring kids on high school football teams around the country. Partnering with PARADE, Inspireum today announced their Top 50 semifinalists. Over 350 football players representing all 50 states were nominated by coaches, parents, teammates, and friends who have a ‘Rudy’ on their team. The Trusted Sports Foundation awards $25,000 in academic scholarships, with a $7,500 college scholarship presented to the winner. America can vote for the stories that inspire them at www.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com.
The High School Football ‘Rudy’ Award Selection Committee lineup is expanding, with the recent additions of former Dallas Cowboy, Troy Aikman and former New England Patriot, Tedy Bruschi. “I’ve known Troy and Tedy for a long time,” said Drew Bledsoe, Chairman of the Rudy Awards Selection Committee. “They both understand how important sports can be in the positive development of a child and how one member of the team can contribute so much, elevating everyone else. They’re a natural fit for this selection committee.” Bledsoe leads the team uncovering the most inspirational high school football players in America.
“As I learn more about these kids and their amazing commitment to football, I get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye,” said John Ballantine, Founder of Inspireum. “No matter what they’re faced with, or the challenges they overcome….all they want to do is play football. They share their courage with us every day, and we’re honored to present their stories to America.”
Next on the Inspireum roster will be the announcement of their Top 12 on December 11 in PARADE Magazine. The winner of the High School Football ‘Rudy’ Awards will be announced on January 15, 2012. A complete list of the Top 50 semifinalists can be found online at www.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com.
Inspireum is a social enterprise dedicated to celebrating outstanding achievement of young people that inspires the next generation and strengthens our communities. We discover, amplify, and celebrate stories of youth that display great character, overcome life’s challenges, and positively impact others to achieve. Our technology, programs, and financial resources provide the opportunity and motivation for youth to engage in sports and service as hands-on, action-oriented paths to leadership, academic performance and healthy lifestyles. In partnership with the Trusted Sports Foundation we work to empower all young people, regardless of socio-economic status, to thrive in life through positive sports experiences. Together, we provide assistance to low-income, physically and mentally challenged, and at-risk kids who need access to sports programs.
PARADE, the most widely read magazine in America, is distributed in more than 600 of the nation’s finest newspapers. The magazine, which launched in 1941, now has a circulation of 32.4 million and a readership of 67 million. Each Sunday in PARADE and every day at Parade.com, our mission is to connect emotionally with Americans about the issues they care most about and move them to action.
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