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Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter 

National Football Foundation 

The Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation will present its 2017 Ron Burton Distinguished American Award to former Northeastern University standout and long-time local entrepreneur Sal Lupoli.


Chapter Selects 2017 High School Scholar Athlete Class

Marshfield Coaching Legend Lou Silva

to Receive Schluntz Award

Veteran Marshfield High School football Coach Lou Silva has been named the recipient of the 2017 Ed Schluntz Contributions to Amateur Football Award presented by The Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. Silva will be honored at the Chapter's

The Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation has selected 33 high school football seniors to comprise its 2017 Scholar-Athlete Class.The young men will be honored at the Chapter's 42nd Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday, May 21, at the Boston/Newton Marriott. Tickets for the event are $70 and can be purchased in advance here. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

Originally from East Boston, Lupoli’s leadership skills were recognized early as he was named the captain of the Chelmsford High School football team his senior year. He was awarded a full scholarship to Northeastern where he majored in Business Management while starring at defensive end for the Huskies. He earned the captaincy of that squad his senior season. Following graduation, Lupoli played professionally in England and Europe.

Lupoli is the founder and president of Lupoli Companies, the parent company of a multidimensional organization focusing primarily on the Merrimack Valley area and the City of Lawrence. In 2003 he repurposed a 200,000 square foot historic mill in part of what is now Riverwalk Properties, a 3.6 Million square foot mixed use complex along the Merrimack River. The property houses more than 200 companies and has created thousands of jobs. Current projects include a state-of-the-art medical building in Andover, Mass., and The Thorndike Exchange, a mixed use development located in a former mill housed next to the Gallagher Transportation Center where the Thorndike Factory Outlet and Comfort Furniture was formerly housed. The Lupoli Companies also own the Hampton (N.H.) Beach Casino complex which continues to expand in both its arts and business offerings.

For the past 13 seasons, Lupoli has been a Chelmsford High School football coach. Prior to that he was a Pop Warner coach for 10 years and served as president of that organization for seven years.

Lupoli has been involved in numerous community service positions including vice president of the Chelmsford School Committee, and Chairman of the Board of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership and Literacy Foundation, and Inspriational Ones. He has received numerous accolades for both his community involvement and his entrepreneurship.

Lupoli will receive the award at the Grinold Chapter’s 42nd Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday, May 21, at the Boston/Newton Marriott. Ticket information is available at

42nd Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Sunday, May 21, at the Boston Newton Marriott.

Silva has been the Marshfield head man for the past 36 seasons. He has compiled an overall record of 236-144-7 (.619 winning %), and has led the Rams to five Super Bowl championships, the most recent of which came in 2014. His 2016 squad compiled an 8-3 record that included a 53-0 trouncing of eventual Division 2 Champion Duxbury on Thanksgiving Day.

Silva is a 1968 graduate of Durfee High School in Fall River where he earned all-star honors in football and basketball, and was a record setting track & field athlete. Silva then made trip up Route 24 to play for Boston College where from 1969-1971 he started at outside linebacker.

Following graduation, Silva accepted a position teaching math at Furnace Brook School and took to the Marshfield sidelines as an assistant coach in 1973. In 1981 he became the Rams’ head coach, a position that has earned him induction into the Massachusetts State High School Football Association Hall of Fame. Silva eventually became the Director of Athletics at Marshfield, a position he held until his retirement from full-time employment with the District in 2013.

Jack Grinold Celebration of Life Set for

September 6

BOSTON – Northeastern University invites you to Matthews Arena on Wednesday, September 6 to celebrate the life of longtime sports information director Jack Grinold, beginning at 4 p.m. Please go to for further event details.
Grinold passed on April 21 at the age of 81. Grinold, whose legendary presence was felt across the Boston sports and cultural landscapes, joined Northeastern in 1962 and never left. After his retirement in 2012, he continued to serve the university as associate athletic director emeritus.

Sal Lupoli Named Burton Distinguished American Award Recipient

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