NEW YORK, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker Foundation and DoSomething.org today announced the twenty incredible recipients of the inaugural Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. The scholarship program honors students who demonstrate academic excellence and show their strength of character and devotion to their sports and their communities. The exceptional student athletes were each awarded $20,000 scholarships for being strong leaders in the community, while exemplifying sportsmanship both on and off the field.
"The twenty individuals who have been awarded as our first-time Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are truly exceptional scholars, athletes and humanitarians," said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman, President and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. "We are proud to recognize these outstanding students for their tremendous accomplishments in the classroom, on the field, and in their communities by providing them with the opportunity to further their education and realize their awe-inspiring dreams."
Foot Locker Foundation and DoSomething.org are honored to celebrate these twenty highly-motivated young people who are recipients of a scholarship that will help to offset the rising costs of paying for college.
- Brian Hickey, Latham, NY
- Brooke Wenig, Mill Valley, CA
- Chandler Helms, Oklahoma City, OK
- Christopher Hylton, Miramar, FL
- Chukwuka Esiobu, Cooper City, FL
- Connor Flexman, Sleepy Hollow, IL
- Corey Laughlin, Pueblo, CO
- David Cruikshank, Larchmont, NY
- Dennis Ojogho, Los Angeles, CA
- Elizabeth Hyde, Chatham, NJ
- Ian MacLean, South Hamilton, MA
- Jada Webster, Westlake Village, CA
- James Tanner Field, Phoenix, AZ
- Joseph Skavroneck, Waxhaw, NC
- Katherine Stone, Fort Walton Beach, FL
- Laney Evers, Falmouth, ME
- Michael Catalano, Smithtown, NY
- Noama Iftekhar, Santa Clara, CA
- Rachel Duong, San Diego, CA
- Victoria Jimenez, Miami, FL
Click here to read more on these exceptional winners: www.dosomething.org/footlocker.
"Brains, brawn, and community activism, that's what we are celebrating," said Nancy Lublin, CEO & chief old person at DoSomething.org. "These 20 winners each give to their communities proving that good sportsmanship isn't limited to the game."
Foot Locker and DoSomething.org rallied celebrity judges including Nnamdi Asomugha, Brad Ausmus, Suzy Favor-Hamilton, Dr. Chris Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Josie Loren, Jarrod Shoemaker, and Barry Zito – all college graduates and positive role models – to assist in the judging process.
The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program is a part of the Foot Locker Foundation, Inc., which is dedicated to providing monetary support for educational and sports programs across the country. Fastweb, a trusted scholarship and financial aid resource used by students to help find opportunities to pay for school, served as a fundamental marketing partner for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program.
About Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.
The Foot Locker Foundation is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,400 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, and Australia. Over the years, Foot Locker, Inc. has developed meaningful partnerships and programs to improve and enrich the educational opportunities for children across the country. Through its Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channel Footlocker.com/Eastbay/CCS, the Company is the leading provider of athletically inspired footwear and apparel.
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn't require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.
Fastweb is the nation's recognized leader in helping students pay for school, by providing scholarship and financial aid information, as well as jobs and internships. One out of three college-bound seniors use the site, and more than 50 million* members have benefited from Fastweb's information and services. Fastweb lets students create a personalized profile that can be matched against its expansive databases of colleges and scholarships. As the oldest and most popular free online scholarship matching service, the database has more than 1.5 million scholarships totaling over $3.4 billion. (*9 million are active users of the site.) For more information, visit www.fastweb.com.