Longtime Foxborough High School Head Coach Jack Martinelli has been named as the 2024 recipient of the Grinold Chapter’s Ron Burton Distinguished American Award.  Named in honor of the late Ron Burton, who was the first draft pick of the then Boston Patriots and a noted philanthropist, the Chapter presents the award annually to a recipient who is an outstanding person that has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the Chapter footprint.

28  high school football players from eastern Massachusetts have been named to the 2024 Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter High School Scholar-Athlete Class as selected by the Chapter. 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. 

Leading the way is Kieran Corr of Winchester High School who has been named the Chapter Scholar Athlete of Distinction. Corr, the top ranked high school kicker in the nation and a Middlesex League All-Star in 2023, will make the acceptance speech for the 49th Scholar Athlete class at the Chapter's 2024 Awards Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center on Sunday evening, June 23. For further information and reservations, please click here.

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Bentley University graduate linebacker Salvatore Lupoli Jr., has been named as the Grinold Chapter’s 2024 Jack Daly Award recipient for Academics, Citizenship & Football.  Named in honor of Jack Daly, a Grinold Chapter charter member, the award is presented annually to a college football player at an institution in the Chapter footprint based on academic performance, community service and demonstrated football ability.

​A native of Chelmsford, Lupoli Jr. capped a record-breaking career as one of the top linebackers in Falcons’ history by becoming Bentley’s first All-



America honoree in 16 years.  He led NCAA Division II nationally in tackles per game (12.3) and tied the school single-season tackles mark with 129 total stops.  Lupoli Jr. finished his career with a school-record 337 tackles and was named as the Northeast-10 Conference Most Valuable Player, but the accolades didn’t stop there, as he was also tabbed as a first-team American Football Coaches Association Al-American.  The 2023 New England Football Writers’ Division II-III Gold Helmet Award recipient, Lupoli Jr. recently was invited to free agent rookie camp by the Tennessee Titans.

Martinelli, Perry and Lupoli Jr. will be honored along with 28 high school student-athletes who comprise the 2024 Grinold Chapter Scholar-Athlete class.  Tickets are available for this year’s dinner, which begins with a reception at 5:00 pm, are available here.

​standout in his own right while attending Andover High (Class of 1983), Perry later starred on the basketball court at Colby College.  E.J.’s oldest son, E.J. Perry IV, was a record-setting quarterback at Andover before shining at Brown University, and he is currently playing with the United Football League’s Michigan Panthers.

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One of only seven coaches in the state to reach the 300-victory plateau, Martinelli has been a true Warrior on the Foxborough sidelines during an illustrious 42-year career.  After reaching that magical 300 mark last October in a 35-0 win over Canton, Martinelli marched his squad across town and completed a run to the Division 5 state championship with a 48-21 triumph over Hanover in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.  Over the course of four-plus decades on the sidelines, Martinelli has guided Foxborough to five state titles and boasts a career mark of 306-139-5 (.686).  This year’s award is the second time the Grinold Chapter is honoring Martinelli, as he received the Schluntz Award back in 2007.

​Recently retired Andover High School Head Coach E.J. Perry is the 2024 recipient of the Grinold Chapter’s Ed Schluntz Contribution To Amateur Football Award.  Named in honor of Ed Schluntz, a charter member of the Grinold Chapter, this award is presented annually to a person in the Chapter footprint whose efforts and activities in support of the Foundation and its goals have been local in nature.

​​The Perry name is synonymous with success in the Andover community, as in addition to his achievements on the gridiron, he also served as the Golden Warriors’ girls’ basketball and boys’ volleyball coach.  In 13 seasons at Andover, Perry amassed 96 career victories, including a 10-2 slate during his final campaign last fall that saw the Golden Warriors to 10-2 and advance to the Division 1 state semifinals after capturing the school’s second straight Merrimack Valley Conference championship.  A three-sport 


BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Two longtime high school coaches and one of the standout collegiate players in the area will be honored with major awards by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation during its 49th Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet on Sunday, June 23rd at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center.