5/11/2007 Wilks Receives

National Play It Smart Honor

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For more than fifty-seven years, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Inc., has worked to fulfill its mission: ”to promote the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic
excellence in America’s young people.”

In 1998, The National Football Foundation created Play It Smart, an educational program targeted at youth from tough inner city environments where family and community support are generally lacking. The program, designed to take a student-athlete’s passion for the sport and intense dedication to their team and transform it into a force for greater good in their lives, has exceeded everybody’s expectations. At less than a dollar – a – day per student athlete, the program has sent 80% of it’s participants onto college.

In support of this outstanding program the New Haven Chapter made a $10,000 donation to the National Football Foundation Play it smart initiative in 2006.
The New Haven Football Foundation is proud of its participating chapter schools in the "Play It Smart" program:

New Haven, CT Hillhouse High School
Gary Moore - Cat123@hotmail.com

New Haven, CT Roberto Clemente School
Anthony Hargett - anthonyhargett@yahoo.com

New Haven, CT Wilbur Cross High School
Louis Bronk - lbro43@.com

Booth at College Coach's Expo promoting Play It Smart

Jeff McCann (center) receives Chapter Award of Merit from Bill O'Brien, as Dr. Al Petipas, Howie Vandersea, and Jim Presby look on.

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