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Crusader Football | Scholar-Athlete Tradition

The National Football Foundation was founded in 1947 to promote and develop 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.Pat Kenney '14

The Crusader Football Program shares this admirable goal, and the Foundation has taken notice. Each year the Central Indiana Chapter of the National Football Foundation awards the NFF Scholar Athlete Award to fourteen student-athletes in recognition of their success and leadership on the field and in the classroom. Scecina Memorial is proud to have had a Crusader earn this award each year since 2009.

This year, the Scecina tradition continues with Pat Kenney ’14 being named a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete. He will receive the award at the Foundation’s 2014 Awards Banquet on April 12, 2014. We asked Pat how it felt to carry on the tradition:

“I knew that I had been nominated by Coach Hurrle, but it was still a surprise to learn that I was awarded this recognition. I am honored to have been named a scholar athlete by the NFF. I am proud to continue the Crusader tradition and receive the same award that my teammates Ollie Bauer ’11, Logan Delaney ’12, and Connor Tooley ’13 earned.”

For Coach Ott Hurrle, it’s no surprise that Pat earned this honor. “Pat is a very disciplined and hardworking individual. He is always willing to put in the extra time to improve himself and to improve his team. In football, you will not be successful on the field if your players are not academically disciplined; the two, academics and football success, go hand in hand. Pat gets that.”

According to Pat, striking a balance between academics and athletics and being disciplined with his time are the keys to his success. “I always make sure that I leave enough time at night to do my school work. During the week it was pretty much school, football, dinner, homework, sleep, and start over again.” That discipline will serve Pat well as he continues his education by studying engineering at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, Purdue University, or Wabash College.

Since 2009, the following Crusader Football players have been named Scholar Athletes by the NFF:

· Quinn Carrico ’09 ( DePauw ’13)
· Ryan Tooley ’10 (Rose Hulman Institute of Technology )
· Ollie Bauer ’11 (Wabash College)
· Logan Delaney ’12 (Indiana University )
· Connor Tooley ’13 (Indiana University)
· Pat Kenney ‘14

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