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2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations for the Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” presented by Spinx Corporation are now being accepted.  The award annually recognizes South Carolina high school football players for their accomplishments in the community, in the classroom and on the field.  All the nominees selected statewide will meet the established criteria of the following:

  • Football Participation = 30%
  • Academics - Minimum 3.2 GPA = 40%
  • Exemplary School, Character, Community Citizenship, and Leadership = 30%

Nominations will be accepted from all South Carolina High Schools with a football program.  In 2020, Javarius Youmans of Allendale-Fairfax High School received the inaugural award for his academic, character, and community excellence.  He is currently a freshman at North Greenville University.

Nomination Forms will be accepted through March 15, 2021.

Bridge Builder Excellence Program QuickHits Segments

Congratulations to Javarius Youmans of Allendale-Fairfax High School

During the livestream awards ceremony on July 23, 2020, Javarius Youmans (Allendale-Fairfax High School/North Greenville University) received the award for his accomplishments during the 2019-2020 school year.

Javarius is a leader in every area of life. He is a hardworking student and athlete, and he is well respected at both school and in the community. Javarius is driven to be successful while maintaining an attitude of complete respect for all those around him. He is also involved in his church community.

He is also successful in the classroom, earning a 3.7+ GPA at Allendale-Fairfax High School. He is a recruited athlete and is attending North Greenville University where he can play football and major in Computer Engineering.

In 2019, Javarius was named the Region 5-AA Linebacker of the Year, named to the All-Region Team, was selected as Team Captain by his peers, and was chosen six times as the Player of the Week. He also was selected to play in the WJBG CSRA GA/SC Border Bowl as a linebacker.

"Javarius shows great strength in his ability to lead effectively. You know that he has the "it" factor that is going to make him extremely successful in all that he does."- Jim Shuman (Allendale-Fairfax High School Head Football Coach).

The award was made possible by the SC National Guard, Wyatt Law, P.A., Curry P.A., Prominence Media, Spinx Company, Hale's Jewelers, Emerald Ink & Stitches, and Trehel Corporation.

Congratulations to our Ten 2020 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists! Watch Each of The Finalists Interviews with Levon Kirkland Below!

Bridge Builder Excellence Program

This is a program that has been developed between the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) and the South Carolina Department of Commerce (through the Greenville Regional Workforce Advisor, Jay Blankenship) in order to educate and speak to football players (and other students) as they make a transition to their next step throughout their K-12 journey. We are developing strategic relationships with the educational and business community in order to present students with the tools they need to be successful.

In 2019, U.S. ranked SC students 43rd nationally in college and career readiness.  As such, many students are being left behind because they are under qualified.  The Bridge Builder Excellence Program educates, empowers, and encourages students to be successful in their college, career, and life endeavors.

With the help of our communities we can put SC students in the Top 10 in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.

The SCFHOF connects distinguished football players and businessmen to this program as spokespeople for this message and education in order to give back to our community and make for a better city, county, and state! Program was launched in the Fall of 2018 in Greenville County.

As of December 20, 2018, 250 Greenville County students have attended ACT and SAT Prep Courses through our collaboration with Jay Blankenship. In 2019, we dedicated one-on-one time with local student athletes through lunch and learn events.  In 2020, we honored our inaugural Bridge Builder Excellence Award winner and incorporated student leadership advise through our Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland Podcast through student interviews and "QuickHits" segments. Next on the agenda is creating a fully digital educational program based on the programs important initiatives.

Previous Bridge Builder Events

Southside High School (Twice)

Blue Ridge High School

2019 EPT Showcase (Irmo, SC)

Greer High School

Wade Hampton High School

Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists ft. on Inside Blitz with Levon Kirkland Podcast

Bridge Builder Excellence Award Presentation- July 23rd 2020 Live Stream

Future Bridge Builder Events

Search for the next Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees

Bridge Builder Excellence Program Student Interviews and the "Quick Hits" leadership segment to be featured in Season 2 of the Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland Leadership Podcast.

Coming in 2021! Digital Educational Series will include educational modules for Bridge Builder Students based on the programs initiatives

Executives from Spinx Corporation talk to students about their workforce development opportunities and educational programs that Spinx offers including their tuition reimbursement program.






Educational Workshops

SAT and ACT Workshops

Career Readiness

Understanding your Personal Brand

Networking Strategies

NCAA Eligibility

College Tours

Life Skills

Financial Literacy


Social Media Responsibility

Character Development

Workforce Development

Peer to Peer Mentoring

Youth Membership

Brandon Burger, former senior linebacker at North Greenville talks to the students at Southside High School about their transition from high school to college and life lessons off the field.

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