Long snapper Ty Frix will receive the Jack Turner UGA Scholar Athlete Award
April 8, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia chapter of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame will host their 2013 Awards Dinner on Monday, April 22 at the Athens Country Club.
Along with the presentation of awards at the dinner, ESPN Monday Night Football's Mike Tirico will serve as the keynote speaker.
Lou Brissie and Larry Thompson will be recognized for the Distinguished American Award, which is presented to a friend of sports who has maintained a lifetime interest in the game. The recipients have also exhibited leadership qualities, along with making a significant contribution to the betterment of Amateur Football.
Brissie's left leg was shattered in battle in Italy in World War II, but he recovered and went on to pitch eight years in the Big Leagues with the Cleveland Indians. Thompson currently serves as Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel at PepsiCo, Inc.
The Contribution to Amateur Football Award, to be presented to Bill Hartman III, honors a former player or individual who represents and supports the Foundation's fundamental creed of athletics in concert with scholarship and civic leadership. Hartman enjoyed a distinguished career in broadcasting with WAGA TV and WSB TV.
The Post Graduate Achievement Awards are given to former Georgia players who earned their degrees and distinguished themselves in business, while also continuing to give back to the community through their service efforts. This year's recipients are Chuck Kinnebrew, Frank Lankewicz, Bill McKenny, Frank Malinowski, Preston Ridlehuber and Billy Slaughter. Fran Tarkenton, a member of the NFF Hall of Fame, will conduct a video presentation for this award.
The Play it Smart award presentation will be hosted by Lenn Chandler, Northeast Region Vice President of Georgia Power. The Play it Smart program was developed by the NFL and has been very successful in helping high school athletes in the areas of discipline, organization, study habits and leadership.
The 2013 Play it Smart (PIS) award recipients are Denzel Maxey of Clarke Central High School and Zac Huberty of Cedar Shoals High School. The PIS program will contribute $5,000 to each recipient's high school in honor of his achievements.
Joe Cunningham of Coca-Cola will present the Coca-Cola Helping Hand Award to an "under the radar" charity in the Athens community. This year the award honors John Becker of the Northeast Georgia Food Bank for its Food2Kids Program. Although the Food Bank is not under the radar, the Food2Kids program does need attention.
The Jack Turner UGA Scholar Athlete Award is sponsored by the Turner Family Foundation of Athens and is given to a starting UGA senior football player whose focus and energy goes beyond the playing field. In addition to his performance on the field, the honoree is recognized for academic achievement, extracurricular interests and community service. This year's award recipient is senior long snapper Ty Frix.
Athens native Terry Wingfield of the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation of Tucker, Ga, will host the Northeast Georgia Scholar Athlete awards presentation. Coach Vince Dooley and Judge Lawton Stephens of Athens, a trustee of the Wilson Foundation, will present the honorees.
To qualify for the Scholar Athlete Awards, a student-athlete must be a high school senior who will graduate this school year, a starter on the football team, and an individual that owns at least a 3.3 grade point average. This year's recipients include Jake Tench, Samuel Clements, Tyler Colquitt, Sheldon Neal and Max Germain.