Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter
National Football Foundation
"For the past several years the Chapter has sponsored the NEFW Weekly Gold Helmet Awards and the NEFW New England Division III Weekly Coaches Poll," Chapter Executive Director Jim Seavey said. "This agreement solidifies that arrangement in perpetuity."
NEFW Chairman Roger Crosley broached the idea with Seavey early last fall.
"The NEFW is the oldest football writers organization in the country," Crosley said. "The stability provided by an alliance with the Grinold Chapter ensures the continued viability of the NEFW.
"This also ties into Jack Grinold's legacy," Crosley continued. "Jack was a charter member of the Chapter and was the Chairperson of the NEFW for decades. Bringing these two organizations together in a formal manner is something that I know would have pleased him."
Beginning in 2019, the Grinold Chapter will be the presenting sponsor of the NEFW Captains and Awards Banquet held each December. Additionally each award presented at the banquet will carry the Grinold Chapter logo.
Xaverian's Ferraro Named to NFF Team of Distinction
2019 Xaverian Brothers High School graduate Lucas Ferraro is one of the 81 members from a pool of 3,500
that have been named to the Inaugural Team of Distinction by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. As part of its mission to promote the scholar-athlete ideal, the initiative allows the NFF to honor the top high school scholar-athletes from around the country and the NFF Chapter Network as the best and the brightest at the local level.
Ferraro, who played offensive and defensive tackle for Xaverian, was the 2018 Catholic Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year, He was selected as an All-Scholastic by both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. A captain for the Brothers, Ferraro was named to the Massachusetts Coaches All-State Team. Off the field Ferraro was president of his sophomore, junior, and senior classes, a Peer Minister and a member of Young Men 4 Change. He will attend Brown University in the Fall.
The members of the Team of Distinction all played their final high school season during the 2018-19 school year. As part of the award, all of the honorees will be part of a permanent digital display at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Criteria to make the team include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement. Each chapter is limited to one honoree, distinguishing them as the top scholar-athlete from all the high schools covered by the chapter.
Grinold Chapter Absorbs New England Football Writers Association
Grinold Chapter Names
2019 High School Scholar-Athlete Class
Thirty-three football players representing 29 high schools have been named to the 2019 Scholar-Athlete Class of the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. The group was honored at the Chapter's 44th annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday, May 19, at the Boston-Newton Marriott.
"We had a truly outstanding group of candidates this year," Chapter Executive Director Jim Seavey said, "as well as a record breaking number of nominees. I commend our selection committee for the diligent work they put into selecting this group."
The High School Scholar-Athlete awards are given to those graduating seniors in the Chapter footprint who have achieved excellence on the gridiron, in the classroom, and in the community. A total of 33 awards are scheduled to be presented each year.
The Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation has officially absorbed the New England Football Writers Association. The NEFW will continue to act as an independent entity in all aspects with the organization's financial affairs conducted by the Chapter.