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    Georgia's Shipley Honored By NFF

    IRVING, Texas (Nov. 26, 2013) – The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names of the 16 faculty athletics representatives who will be honored as part of the 2013 NFF Faculty Salute Initiative, sponsored by Fidelity Investments, honoring the significant contributions of faculty athletics representatives across the nation.

    “For more than 150 years, faculty athletics representatives have played a critical role in the overall educational experience of our country’s student-athletes,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are proud to join with Fidelity to highlight their contributions and pivotal support in ensuring that our nation’s student-athletes succeed on and off the field.”

    For 2013, the NFF will recognize 17 faculty athletics representatives from the 16 schools with a 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete, including (with the names of the scholar-athletes in parentheses):

    ·         Appalachian State University, Alan Hauser (Tony Washington, WR, 3.80 GPA)
    ·         Augustana College (Ill.), John Delaney (Erik Westerberg, LB, 3.86 GPA)
    ·         Coastal Carolina University, Sharon Thompson (Niccolo Mastromatteo, WR/PR, 3.94 GPA)
    ·         Cornell University, Deb Perosio (Jeff Mathews, QB, 3.45 GPA)
    ·         Duke University, Martha Putallaz (Perry Simmons, OT, 3.83 GPA)
    ·         Fresno State, Dawn Lewis (Derek Carr, QB, 3.47 GPA)
    ·         Johns Hopkins University (Md.), Tristan Davies (John Arena, LB, 4.00 GPA)
    ·         Michigan State University, Michael Kasavana (Max Bullough, LB, 3.56 GPA)
    ·         Northwest Missouri State University, Matt Walker (Trevor Adams, QB, 3.94 GPA)
    ·         Pennsylvania State University, Linda Caldwell (John Urschel, OG, 4.00 GPA)
    ·         University of Georgia, David Shipley (Aaron Murray, QB, 3.30 GPA)
    ·         University of Iowa, Ellie Herman and Gene Parkin (James Morris, LB, 3.84 GPA)
    ·         University of Nebraska, Josephine Potuto (Spencer Long, OL, 3.79 GPA)
    ·         University of Oklahoma, Kelly Damphousse (Gabe Ikard, OL, 4.00 GPA)
    ·         University of Texas at San Antonio, Gregg Michel (Eric Soza, QB, 3.96 GPA)
    ·         West Texas A&M University, David Rausch (Dustin Vaughan, QB, 3.86 GPA)

    Launched in 2011 by Fidelity and the NFF, the initiative is an extension of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program that provides postgraduate scholarships for college football’s elite student-athletes. Fidelity, which is also the presenting sponsor of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, has taken on a leadership role with the initiative as a natural extension of its ongoing support of the scholar-athlete ideal and commitment to higher education nationwide. As part of the initiative, each school with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete receives recognition for their faculty athletics representative, and a $5,000 donation per school ($75,000 total) from Fidelity will be made to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

    “Supporting the NFF Faculty Salute Initiative provides Fidelity Investments a meaningful way to further the academic missions of colleges and universities nationwide and recognize accomplished leadership,” said Rick Mitchell, executive vice president, Tax-Exempt Retirement Services, Fidelity Investments. “The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards showcases an amazing group of student leaders, and the NFF Faculty Salute Initiatives highlight the contributions of the dedicated people who work behind the scenes to help these scholar athletes realize their dreams.”

    “Honoring the faculty athletics representatives from the schools with NFF National Scholar-Athletes makes perfect sense,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “There is no group more committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete success stories provide a natural vehicle for emphasizing the important contributions of the faculty athletics representatives in ensuring a strong connection between the academic and athletic experiences of our nation’s student-athletes.”