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STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER ON ITS 2020 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARDS  BANQUET

Following the recommendations of county health officials and in the best interests of health and safety, this year’s National Football Foundation Northern California chapter Scholar-Athlete awards banquet on Friday, March 13, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott is cancelled.

Chapter officials are discussing procedures to honor the 23 outstanding high school football scholar-athletes from 12 Northern California counties at a later date. 


Our 2020 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes are representative of Northern California's best and brightest.  Each scholar-athlete receives a scholarship grant to the college of their choice.


The students recognized for their achievement in our 2020 class are the following:

ALAMEDA COUNTY

ISAIAH DE VEYRA (Mt. Eden High School) – Lineman, 5’6”, 190 lbs., G.P.A. 3.43, University Choice: UC Berkeley – Computer Engineering Major

BOWEN DICKSTEIN (Moreau Catholic High School) – Back, 6’, 190 lbs., G.P.A. 3.79, University Choice:  Undecided

JEZAIAH NAIGULEVU (Encinal Jr.-Sr. High School) – Lineman, 6’0”, 230 lbs., G.P.A. 3.22, University Choice: Undecided

 

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

JOHN KALIL  (Acalanes High School) – Lineman, 6’4”, 235 lbs., G.P.A. 4.0, University Choice: Boston College – Business/Econ. Major

MATTHEW MEREDITH (Miramonte High School) – Back, 6’5”, 190 lbs., G.P.A. 3.95, University Choice:  Claremont McKenna – Economics Major

 

LAKE/MENDOCINO COUNTIES

RYAN ESCUE JR. (Upper Lake High School) – Lineman, 6’1”, 220 lbs., G.P.A. 3.87, University Choice: Sacramento State – Technology Major

DILLON TINGLE  (Middletown High School) – Back, 5’10”, 200 lbs., G.P.A. 3.88, University Choice: Occidental College – Economics Major

 

MARIN COUNTY

LIAM LUBAMERSKY (San Rafael  High School) - Lineman, 6’3”, 280 lbs., G.P.A. 3.26, University Choice: U.C. Davis – Education Major

MATTHEW SARGENT (San Marin High School) – Back, 5’11” 165 lbs., G.P.A. 4.0, University Choice: UCLA – History Major

 

NAPA COUNTY 

JACK ODELL (Vintage High School) – Lineman, 5’10, 230 lbs., G.P.A. 3.67, University Choice:  Napa Community College – Viticulture Major  

JESUS ROJAS MENDOZA (Calistoga  Jr./Sr. High School) – Back, 5’8”, 170 lbs., G.P.A. 3.43, University Choice:  San Jose State University – Kinesiology Major 

 

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY

BEGGS GARDNER (St. Ignatius College Preparatory) - Lineman, 6’5”, 265 lbs., G.P.A. 3.3, University Choice: UCLA – Undecided Major

RAIDEN THIEN-JONES (Balboa High School) – Back, 6’1”, 180 lbs., G.P.A. 3.14, University Choice: San Diego State  University – Kinesiology Major 

 

SAN MATEO COUNTY

JOSEPH FRIMEL (Sacred Heart Prep) – Lineman, 6’2”, 194 lbs., G.P.A. 3.91, University Choice: - University of North Carolina – Business Major

NATHANIEL SANCHEZ (Junipero Serra High School) – Back, 5’10”, 190 lbs., G.P.A. 3.55, University Choice:  San Diego State – Business Major

  

SANTA  CLARA COUNTY

GEORGE BIAN (Saratoga  High School) - Back, 6’0”,200 lbs., G.P.A. 4.0, University Choice:  M.I.T. – Economics Major

CHRISTKOPHER GOMEZ (Abraham Lincoln High School) – Lineman, 5’10”, 255 lbs., G.P.A. 3.40, University Choice:  DeAnza College – Major: Business

CONNOR HENNINGS (Live Oak High School) – Back, 6’3”, 190 lbs., G.P.A. 3.75, University Choice:  Cal Poly – Business Major

 

SANTA CRUZ

DILLON DANNER (Santa Cruz High School) – Back, 5’11”, 175 lbs.; G.P.A. 4.0, University Choice:  College of Idaho – Business Major

JOSHUA JACKSON POWELL (Aptos High School) – Lineman, 5’8”; 180 lbs., G.P.A.  3.8, University Choice:  Southern Virginia University – Computer Science Major


SOLANO COUNTY

DEREK CAMPBELL (Benicia High School) – Lineman, 6’2”, 260 lbs., G.P.A. 3.36, University Choice:  Western Oregon – Major:  Business Administration


SONOMA COUNTY

LUCAS FOWLER (Windsor High School) Lineman, 6’0”, 210 lbs., G.P.A. 3.47, University Choice: Idaho State – Business Informatics Major

JERED STOCKER (Rancho Cotate High School) Back, 6’2”, 190 lbs., G.P.A. 3.86, University Choice:  Undecided – Business  Major


The Scholar-Athletes were selected by committees of educators, high school sports officials and sportswriters in 12 Northern California counties on behalf of the Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.  
 

Nominate a Scholar-Athlete
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2021 AWARDS DINNER ARE TO BE SENT BY COACHES TO THE COUNTY CHAIRMEN BY NOVEMBER 2020.  To submit a nomination, please download the nomination form, have your coach fill it out, and mail or email it to the appropriate county chairman from the list below.

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2019 Sponsors
The Foundation wishes to give special thanks to our scholarship donors for their most generous financial support of our scholar-athletes.

Mark Bailey - Board of Directors
Bay Cities Printing & Graphics
Eric Bjornson - Board of Directors
Jeff Berman - Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
Robert Buch - Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
The William B. Campbell Foundation 
Barbara Corrigan - Board of Directors
Robert Dykes - Board of Directors
Tom / Melva Hansen - Board of Directors
Tim Harden - Board of Directors
Bob / Joan Keropian - Board of Directors
Gib Kirwin Endowment Fund
Joseph Leccese - Proskauer Rose LLP
Bob / Janice Lee - Board of Directors
Spencer Leslie - Board of Directors
Mark Lockenmeyer - Newmark, Cornish & Carey
Edward Madigan - Board of Directors
Todd Renfrew - Board of Directors
Ron Sacchi - Board of Directors
John Wiegmann - Board of Directors
Michael Terrizzi - Board of Directors
Forty Niners Football Company, LLC

In addition, we also would like to thank our other sponsors for various contributions which include auction and raffle donations.  

Lastly, we'd like to also thank our chapter sponsor, Julia Wedekind of the St. Francis Yacht Club.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please Contact Us

Chapter News & Events
Annual Banquet Dinner

STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHAPTER ON ITS 2020 SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARDS  BANQUET

Following the recommendations of county health officials and in the best interests of health and safety, this year’s National Football Foundation Northern California chapter Scholar-Athlete awards banquet on Friday, March 13, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott is cancelled.

Chapter officials are discussing procedures to honor the 23 outstanding high school football scholar-athletes from 12 Northern California counties at a later date. 

Our chapter's annual banquet dinner is held in early March of each year to honor the current year's scholarship recipients.  The dinner agenda includes a summary of the accomplishments of each recipient, as well as a number of other awards for important contributors to amateur football.  We often have many important Bay Area football personalities in attendance.  If you are interested in attending our next annual dinner, please contact us for more information.

Concussion Baseline Testing to be Offered by National Football Foundation and UCSF Sports Medicine

 SAN FRANCISCO _ The Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame, in conjunction with UCSF Sports Medicine and the PlaySafe Program, will offer baseline concussion testing for high school student athletes beginning in the spring of 2016.

According to Robert Keropian, president of the Foundation’s Northern California Chapter (which is not associated with the National Football League), the pilot program will involve one San Mateo County high school varsity football program at the outset.

“Later,” he said, “with increased funding, it will be expanded to include an increasing number of local high school teams.”

The primary aim of the testing, which will include free computerized neurocognitive testing for student athletes, will be to establish a baseline set of data that can be used to manage an athlete’s return to sport following a sports-related concussion.

“With a baseline test in hand, a physician will have an additional tool to assist him or her with determining when it is safe for an athlete to return to sport participation,” explained Keropian.

The involvement of UCSF Sports Medicine is critical to the success of the new effort, he added, noting that the institution’s medical staff is already involved with the Foundation under the direction of Jason Miyamoto, manager/coordinator of the hospital’s PlaySafe Program.

For the last seven years, Keropian said, the Foundation/College Hall of Fame has provided financial support and volunteers who work with UCSF and community sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons, cardiologists and other specialists who offer sports pre-participation screenings for high school athletes. The one-day screening event is free for the athletes and their families.

Keropian stated that the ongoing relationship with UCSF has been “extremely positive and a boon to young athletes in the Bay Area.”

For more information, Keropian can be contacted by telephone at 650-342-4775 and by email at bkeropian@comcast.net. The Foundation’s website is www.footballfoundation-norcal.com.


PlaySafe Sports Physicals
On Saturday, May 4, 2019 our Chapter and UCSF's PlaySafe program will team up once again, with support from the San Francisco school district, for our tenth annual event to provide free sports physicals and cardiac screening to San Francisco high school athletes.  More than 60 volunteers, including some world-renown orthopedic specialists and cardiologists, help administer free physical examinations for hundreds of San Francisco scholar-athletes.  

The Gib Kirwin Endowed Scholarship
2012 marked the first year we endowed our first annually awarded scholarship.  This endowment was created in the memory of Gib Kirwin, who served on our chapter's board for over 25 years.  In addition to members of our board who had the chance to work with Gib over many years, we thank Gib's wife, Joanne, his daughter, Rachel, and the rest of the Kirwin family for their contributions to this endowment.

Gilbert "Gib" Kirwin was born in 1937, raised in Bel Harbor, New York.  Attended Far Rockaway High School and graduated Princeton in 1958.  After college, Gib enlisted in the US Marine Corp and later attended Hastings Law and began his practice in San Francisco.  Gib was the former President of the 49er Club and Board Member of the National Football Foundation and of the Marin AIDS Interfaith Network.  He enjoyed sailing, riding his bike, living in Belvedere and spending his weekends in La Jolla.  

The Bob Keropian Endowed Scholarship
2016 marked the first year we endowed an annually awarded scholarship in honor of our longtime President and leader, Bob Keropian. We thank the members of our board who established this endowment in Bob's honor.

In 2016, Bob was also inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. An outstanding high school and college athlete and four-sport letterman at San Francisco State, Bob Keropian has been president of the Northern California Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for over 30 years. During his tenure, the foundation has distributed nearly $1.5 million in scholarship funds to Bay Area football players and donations to the athletic programs of North County high schools. The founding principal of El Camino High in South San Francisco, Bob served as the school's chief executive for 29 years. He received the NFF's National Leadership Award in 2004 and 2008. He is a former South San Francisco Citizen of the Year.


The Mark W. Bailey Endowed Scholarship
2016 marked the first year we endowed an annually awarded scholarship in honor of our longtime boardmember, Second VP and chair of the finance committee, Mark Bailey.  Mark grew up playing football in Sparta, NJ, played at Princeton University where he earned his BSE cum laude in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  At Princeton, Mark served as co-captain his senior year, was named All-Ivy and Honorable Mention All-American and was also an NFF Chapter collegiate scholar-athlete.  He was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and earned his MBA at Harvard Business School.  Mark was recently inducted into the Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame.  He is a Co-founder and Partner of DFJ Growth.


The Timothy Harden Endowed Scholarship
2016 marked the first year we endowed an annually awarded scholarship in honor of our longtime boardmember, Tim Harden.  Tim attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and was recognized by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as a National Scholar Athlete.  Tim retired as President of ATT Supply Chain and Fleet Operation.  He is President and CEO of T6 Enterprises.  In 2004, our chapter recognized Tim with the Distinguished American Award. 


The Bob Lee Endowed Scholarship
2017 marked the first year we endowed an annually awarded scholarship in honor of our longtime boardmember, Bob Lee.  Bob earned his MA at the University of Pacific.  He is a former NFL Player, playing for 13 years with the Vikings, Falcons and Rams.  Bob was a member of the Inaugural Class of the UOP Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame, U.O.P. Hall of Fame and Stockton Hall of Fame.  Bob retired as the U.O.P. Athletic Director.  He has also had a career as a radio/T.V. announcer.  In 2007, our chapter recognized Bob with a Distinguished American Award.  Bob is currently Broker/Owner of Legion Properties Brokerage Co.


The Al Cinelli Endowed Scholarship
2017 marked the first year we endowed an annually awarded scholarship in memory of our longtime boardmember, Al Cinelli.  Beginning in 1970, Al served on our board for many years serving as President and then as Treasurer.  Al made his career in banking and banked the early years of the San Francisco Forty-Niners, San Francisco Giants and the San Francisco Warriors.  He retired from Security Pacific National Bank in 1982 and also served on the boards of the SF Civic Center, the Salvation Army, Hanna Boys Center, Little Sisters of the Poor, Saints and Sinners Foundation, St. Francis Yacht Club, Presidio Golf Club, Presidio Society and was also a lifetime trustee of St. Mary's College.  Al held a BS from St. Mary's College, an MFS from Georgetown University, an LLB from the University of Chicago, as well as an honorary Doctorate Degree for Philanthropic Achievement from St. Mary's College.  During WWII, Al served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy as a communication officer in the South Pacific Theater.

County Chairmen
Our scholar-athlete award recipients are selected each year by our County Chairman. 

Scholar-athlete nominations for each year's awards dinner are to be submitted by November.  The nominee must be a senior playing football, with at least a 3.0 GPA overall.  The nominee must also be active in the community.  To submit a nomination, please fill out our nomination form and send it to the appropriate county chairman listed below:

ALAMEDA COUNTY
Kevin Drake
drakekd@comcast.net


CONTRA COSTA COUNTY
Eric Volta, Superintendent
Liberty Union High School District
voltae@libertyuhsd.k12.ca.us


LAKE/MENDOCINO COUNTIES
Mike Smith
msmith@ulusd.org

MARIN COUNTY
Richard Woodall
Asst. Commissioner
Marin County Athletic League
mcal1@marinschools.org


NAPA COUNTY
Jon Salinger, Asst. Principal
Napa High School
Jonsal06@comcast.net


SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
Donald Collins, commissioner
San Francisco Unified School District
collinsD1@sfusd.edu


SAN MATEO COUNTY
Al Mack, Assistant Principal
South San Francisco High School
amack@ssfusd.org



SANTA CLARA COUNTY
James (Jake) Shaughnessy
jshaughnessy@cuhsd.org


SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Ronald Mehuron
rmehuron@comcast.net


SOLANO COUNTY
Alexander Tuiolosega
atuiolosega@beniciaunified.org


SONOMA COUNTY
James 'Chip' Castleberry
Coachchip1@hotmail.com


PRESIDENT, NORTHERN CALIF.  CHAPTER
Robert C. Keropian
520 El Arroyo Road
Hillsborough, CA 94010
Business Phone:  650 342 4775
bkeropian@comcast.net


EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Barbara Corrigan
barbaracorrigan@comcast.net

Board of Directors

Officers & Board Members:

Bob Keropian, President
Tim Kirby, Treasurer
Ron Sacchi, First VP
Mark W. Bailey, Second VP
Barbara Corrigan, Executive Secretary

Philip Abrams
Eric Bjornson
Coleen Boike

Chris W. Burford III
Woodie Dixon, Jr.
Robert Dykes 
Lawrence Fan
Thomas Hansen 
Tim Harden 
Adam Henderson
Bob Lee 

 


 

 

 

 





Spencer Leslie
Al Mack
Edward Madigan
Todd Renfrew
Jon Salinger
Mike Terrizzi
John Wiegman

 

 

 


Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?
TO:  Sponsors
 
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame is an organization of more than 8,000 members active in 119 chapters across the nation.  We are pledged to perpetuate the idea that the values embodied in football are not merely athletic, but provide a framework for a thriving and nurturing American society.  The Foundation's guiding enterprise is the selection of outstanding young men who exemplify outstanding football ability, outstanding academic accomplishment, and leadership in campus and community events.
 
The Northern California Chapter, one of the largest and most active groups, has awarded $912,000 in scholarships over the past 50 plus years.  Our graduate rate in higher education is 99%.  These honorees have gone on to outstanding careers in law, medicine, education, public affairs, science, the military, and business careers.  We welcome and appreciate scholarship sponsors and offer the following to make your participation more memorable:
  •  A $1,000 scholarship will be given in the name of the sponsor
  • Sponsors will receive the applications of the Scholar Athletes and will select the person/persons they wish to sponsor
  • Sponsors will receive two complimentary tickets to our dinner
  • Your photo will be taken with the Scholar Athlete at the dinner, and mounted on a plaque to be displayed
  • Recognition will be given in our printed material.
 
For additional information regarding our program, please contact Scholarship Coordinator, Ron Sacchi at 925 918 3551.

Interested in Making a Lasting Difference?

Endow a scholarship
You can help ensure the long term viability of our scholarship efforts by perpetually endowing a NFFHF Scholarship with a gift of $25,000.  Learn more.. 


Join our Planned Endowment

Or become a member of our Planned Endowment by bequesting a portion of your estate to support the NFFHF by using the following language in your estate plan:

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame, Northern California Chapter [specific amount or percentage of the estate] to support its scholarship program."


If you are interested in becoming a member of our Planned Endowment by naming in your estate plan a gift in your name, your school's name, or the name of a loved one, please speak to a board member, or call President, Robert Keropian, at 650-342-4775, or Contact Us.