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Dobson, O'Dell, and Thompson named SCFHOF Bridge Builder Excellence Award Top Three Finalists

April 16, 2024

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) names Zion Dobson (Hampton County High School), Steven O'Dell (Broome High School), and Josiah Thompson (Dillon High School) as 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Top Three Finalists.  The 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award is brought to you by Spinx Corporation (Making Life Easier!) and Parham, Smith, and Archenhold LLC,. Attorneys at Law.  The award honors and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field. The Top Three Finalists including the eventual winner will attend the sold-out SCFHOF 11th Annual Enshrinement Event on April 18th at the Hotel Hartness alongside the Class of 2023, 2023 Blanchard-Rogers Trophy winner, and 2023 Humanitarian of the Year.  The finalist’s attendance will be free to them, thanks to gifts in honor of William B. Sturgis and from SCFHOF Class of 2022 Inductee Joe Bostic.

Award Criteria:

·        Football Excellence = 40%

·        Academics - Minimum 3.2 Core GPA = 30%

·        Exemplary School, Character, Community Citizenship, and  Leadership = 30%

The finalists will receive a certificate of excellence, a gift from Vapor Apparel, invited to participate in College and Career Decision Day at the statehouse on May 7, 2024, and invited to celebrate #BBEA24Day with the other BBEA24 Nominees on May 22nd on their social media platforms, The winner will be announced live on April 18th at the SCFHOF 11th Annual Enshrinement and will receive a $1000.00 scholarship, a certificate of excellence, a special plaque to commemorate the honor.

The Top 3 are as follows:

Zion Dobson (Hampton County High School/NC Central)

Zion Dobson is a senior running back at Hampton County High School in Varnville, SC. Dobson finished his career with 4,189 rushing yards and 60 total touchdowns. His 2023 season stats include 269 carries for 2,629 yards and 40 touchdowns as well as 99 receiving yards for two touchdowns. For his accomplishments, Dobson garnered the 2023 SC Gatorade Player of the Year award, a Mr. Football finalist nod, SCFCA 2A Lower State Offensive Player of the Year, All-State (2x), and All-Region (3x). He is also a two-time All-Region track athlete. In the classroom, Dobson is a highly ranked student involved in the Beta Club, Clemson University Emerging Scholars Program, and was a Junior Marshal. He is active in his community through the Hampton County HS Student Teacher program, food distribution at local churches, trash clean up days, and youth football camps. Dobson will continue his playing career at North Carolina Central University.

Steven O’Dell (Broome High School/Furman)

Steven O’Dell is a senior lineman and team captain at Gettys D. Broome High School in Spartanburg, SC. A three-year letterwinner for the Centurions, O’Dell was a Carolina Bowl Selection (3x), All-Academic Team selection, the SCFCA 3A Upper State Lineman of the Year, and an All- State selection (2x). He notched a #7 ranking in the state among linemen from Prep Redzone and was also a North-South, Shrine Bowl, and Elite 88 selection. In addition to football, O’Dell shined as a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and track and field (shot put - earning All-Region). In the classroom, O’Dell is an Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll Student. He is an active volunteer at the McCarthy Teszler Fall Festival, the Senior Citizen Breakfast, the Broome HS Trunk or Treat, and at local elementary schools as a guest reader and carline worker. O’Dell will be taking his talents to the Furman University football program.

Josiah Thompson (Dillon High School/South Carolina)

Josiah Thompson is a senior offensive tackle at Dillon High School in Dillon, SC. In the rankings, Thompson sits atop all players at #1 in the state while also grabbing the #2 ranking nationally among offensive tackles. Rated a 5-Star prospect and named an All-American, Thompson also won the Mr. Football award, the ABC15 Zoneman award, and participated in the Shrine Bowl. Outside of football, Thompson is a teacher cadet, an active member of his church, and a Relay for Life helper. Thompson is an early enrollee at the University of South Carolina.

About:

The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football leaders and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, encouraging, and empowering ourselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for ourselves and our South Carolina Community. We are recognizing, celebrating, and encouraging excellence! Together, we can lead SC students to be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report). The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy. Give today to support the Bridge Builder Excellence Award Program, #SCTop10N2030 Movement, and education-based scholarships at scfootballhof.org. #SCTop10N2030

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Congratulations to our 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees & Top 10 Semi-Finalists

SCFHOF Announces 5th Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees & Top 10 Semi-Finalists

March 26, 2024

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) announced the 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” Nominees & Top 10 Semi-Finalists are brought to you by Spinx Corporation (Making Life Easier!) and Parham, Smith, and Archenhold LLC,. Attorneys at Law.  The award honors and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field. The Top 3 Finalists and eventual winner will be announced later and be invited to attend the SCFHOF 11th Annual Enshrinement Event on April 18th at the Hotel Hartness.  The finalist’s attendance will be free to them, thanks to gifts in honor of William B. Sturgis and from SCFHOF Class of 2022 Inductee Joe Bostic.

Award Criteria:

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

Each statewide nominee will receive a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments, invited to participate in College and Decision Day at the statehouse on May 7, 2024, and invited to celebrate #BBEA24Day on May 22nd on their social media platforms. In addition, the Top 10 Semi-Finalists will be invited to share their story on the SCFHOF Sports & Leadership Podcast with SCFHOF Chairman David Wyatt.  Below, you will find a comprehensive list of the amazing young men nominated for the award. The Top 10 boast an average grade point average of 4.4, gives back to their communities and are playing college football in the fall.

Ethan Anderson (JL Mann/Clemson)

Ethan Anderson is a senior quarterback/punter and two-time team captain at JL Mann High School in Greenville, SC. A three-year starter for the Patriots, Anderson has notched Region 1-5A Offensive Player of the Year, Team MVP and Offensive MVP, as well as five different Athlete of the Week awards. Anderson was a Senior Showcase Bowl selection and holds two school records for passing yards in a single game along with passing touchdowns in a single game. In the classroom, he has remained on the “A” Honor Roll all four years, been named an AP Scholar, is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, served as a Junior Marshal, and serves as the Senior Class Vice President. Anderson has impacted his community though serving as a Sunday school teacher at Fellowship Greenville, serving as a Fellowship of Christian Athletes student leader, a Walk With Christ Student Leader and Speaker, and working with the Cole’s Victory Lap organization. Anderson will be taking his athletic talents to Clemson University.

Kalvin Banks- (Eastside HS/Fayetteville State)

Kalvin Banks is a senior running back at Eastside High School in Taylors, SC. Banks has garnered All-Region (2x), All-State, All-County (2x), Greer Touchdown Club Player of the Week (3x), and Upstate Player of the Week honors. He is a dedicated student involved in the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Beta Club, an Eastside Men of Color Summit Representative, a member of the Eastside Principal’s Cabinet, and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Award winner. Banks has impacted his community through his volunteer work with Front Porch Housing, the Greer Soup Kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, toy and coat drives, and Eastside HS concession stands. He will continue his playing career at Fayetteville State University.

Jacob Cotterill (Summerville/West Point)

Jacob Cotterill is a senior lineman at Summerville High School in Summerville, SC. A three-year starter and team captain for the Green Wave, Cotterill has garnered All-State, All-Region (2x), All-Lowcountry (2x), 5A Lower State Defensive Player of the Week (3x), and SCFCA 5A Lower State Lineman of the Year. Off of the football field, Cotterill has also been a three year starter on the Summerville HS wrestling team. In the classroom, he has been a three-time academic letter winner in a challenging course load of AP classes. Cotterill is a positive force in his community spending time reading to elementary school students and leading youth wrestling programs. Cotterill will bring his talents to the United States Military Academy West Point football program.

Zion Dobson (Hampton County/NC Central)

Zion Dobson is a senior running back at Hampton County High School in Varnville, SC. Dobson finished his career with 4,189 rushing yards and 60 total touchdowns. His 2023 season stats include 269 carries for 2,629 yards and 40 touchdowns as well as 99 receiving yards for two touchdowns. For his accomplishments, Dobson garnered the 2023 SC Gatorade Player of the Year award, a Mr. Football finalist nod, SCFCA 2A Lower State Offensive Player of the Year, All-State (2x), and All-Region (3x). He is also a two-time All-Region track athlete. In the classroom, Dobson is a highly ranked student involved in the Beta Club, Clemson University Emerging Scholars Program, and was a Junior Marshal. He is active in his community through the Hampton County HS Student Teacher program, food distribution at local churches, trash clean up days, and youth football camps. Dobson will continue his playing career at North Carolina Central University.

Jayden Fuller (Silver Bluff/Miami Ohio)

Jayden Fuller is a senior linebacker and team captain at Silver Bluff High School in Aiken, SC. Fuller has been recognized as an All-State selection (2x), All-Region selection (2x), SFCA 2A Defensive Player of the Year (2x), Region Defensive Player of the Year, and a WJBF News Channel 6 Scholar-Athlete. In state rankings, Fuller lands at #28 and #17 by 24/7 Sports and On3, respectively. Fuller participated in the 2023 Shrine Bowl as well as the 2024 SC/GA Border Bowl All-Star Game. Outside of football, Fuller finished 3rd in the state in wrestling and notched a region championship in discus. Aside from his athletic talents, Fuller is a member of the National Honors Society and Beta Club. He is a lead member of the Silver Bluff HS Fellowship of Christian Athletes, leads weekly virtual bible studies, volunteers at Bodega Ultima and for team Hydration Drives, and spends his time as an independent sports photographer. Fuller will continue his football career at Miami University (Ohio).

Johnny Jaraczewski (St. Joseph's/Wofford)

Johnny Jaraczewski is a senior linebacker at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, SC. Jaraczewski has been recognized as a First Team All-Region Linebacker (3x) and an All- State Linebacker. He holds the St. Joseph’s single season tackle record (159 total tackles), earned 2022 Team Defensive MVP, and was the 2023 State-Quarterfinal Greenville News Player of the Week. In the classroom, Jaraczewski received top scores on his AP Exams and is a member of four different honor societies including the National English, Math, and Science Honor Societies. Additionally, he was the 2023 University of Rochester Bausch+Lomb Honorary Science Award recipient and West Point Leadership Award recipient. Jaraczewski will be taking his athletic talents to Wofford College.

Steven O’Dell- (Broome HS/Furman)

Steven O’Dell is a senior lineman and team captain at Gettys D. Broome High School in Spartanburg, SC. A three-year letterwinner for the Centurions, O’Dell was a Carolina Bowl Selection (3x), All-Academic Team selection, the SCFCA 3A Upper State Lineman of the Year, and an All- State selection (2x). He notched a #7 ranking in the state among linemen from Prep Redzone and was also a North-South, Shrine Bowl, and Elite 88 selection. In addition to football, O’Dell shined as a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and track and field (shot put - earning All-Region). In the classroom, O’Dell is an Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll Student. He is an active volunteer at the McCarthy Teszler Fall Festival, the Senior Citizen Breakfast, the Broome HS Trunk or Treat, and at local elementary schools as a guest reader and carline worker. O’Dell will be taking his talents to the Furman University football program.

Drew Spires (Richard Winn Academy/The Citadel)

Drew Spires is a senior wide receiver and team captain at the Richard Winn Academy in Winnsboro, SC. Among a multitude of various Player of the Week awards (11x), Spires is an All-Region selection (3x), the Region Player of the Year, a North/South All-Star Game participant, a Gatlinburg All-American Bowl selection, and an SCSB-Live Best Returning Wide Receiver in South Carolina nominee. Spires brings his leadership to the Richard Winn Academy basketball team as a team captain, All-Region selection (2x), All-Star selection (2x), and All-State Tournament Team selection. In the classroom, Spires serves as the Senior Class President, is the highest-ranking boy in his class, was selected as a Junior Marshal, is in the Senior Beta Club, and has received the Headmaster’s Award (2x). Spires betters his community through volunteering with Operation Christmas Child, creating and delivering boxes to the elderly, and bringing mental health awareness to campus through the Hilinski Hope campaign. Spires will be taking his football talents to the next level at The Citadel.

Josiah Thompson (Dillon/South Carolina)

Josiah Thompson is a senior offensive tackle at Dillon High School in Dillon, SC. In the rankings, Thompson sits atop all players at #1 in the state while also grabbing the #2 ranking nationally among offensive tackles. Rated a 5-Star prospect and named an All-American, Thompson also won the Mr. Football award, the ABC15 Zoneman award, and participated in the Shrine Bowl. Outside of football, Thompson is a teacher cadet, an active member of his church, and a Relay for Life helper. Thompson has signed to continue his playing career at the University of South Carolina.

Watson Young (Daniel/Clemson)

Watson Young is a senior offensive lineman at Daniel High School in Central, SC. As a four-year starter for the Lions, Young’s athletic honors include All-Region (3x), All-State (2x), Independent Mail All-Area (2x), All-Mountain Lakes Team (3x), and the SCFCA Player of the Week. 24/7 Sports ranks Young as a 4-Star athlete and notches him at #23 in the state. Additionally, Young was a Mr. Football Finalist as well as a Shrine Bowl participant. Off of the field, Young has been a consistent member of the A/B Honor Roll. He remains involved in the community through YoungLife, volunteering at the Six Mile Festival, working at a soup kitchen through his church, and hosting bible study. Young will be taking his football talents to the next level at Clemson University.

About:

The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football leaders and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, encouraging, and empowering ourselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for ourselves and our South Carolina Community. We are recognizing, celebrating, and encouraging excellence! Together, we can lead SC students to be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report). The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy. Give today to support the Bridge Builder Excellence Award Program, #SCTop10N2030 Movement, and education-based scholarships at scfootballhof.org. #SCTop10N2030

Congratulations to our 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees

The 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award is made possible by you and the generosity of The Sturgis Family, The Bostic Family, The Spinx Corporation, and Parham Smith and Archenhold.

 

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Nominate a South Carolina High School Football Player for the 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award

November 8, 2023

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) is pleased to announce that the nomination period for the prestigious 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award "BBEA" has officially begun. This award aims to recognize exceptional high school football student-athletes who have demonstrated excellence not only on the field but also in their academic pursuits and contributions to their communities. Last April, LaNorris Sellers, an alumnus of South Florence High School, received the esteemed 2023 award and is currently playing as a freshman quarterback at the University of South Carolina.

Award Criteria:

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

The BBEA began in 2020 to recognize, celebrate and encourage excellence in our football student athletes from the 2019-2020 academic year.  Over the course of four award cycles, the SCFHOF has received a total of 242 nominations, involving participation from 112 South Carolina High Schools.

Similar to previous years, a statewide Top 10 will be publicly announced and invited to join us for an interview on our Sports and Leadership podcast. From this group of 10 individuals, the top three finalists will be selected—one from the upstate region, one from the midland's region, and one from the low-country region. These finalists will then be extended an invitation to attend the prestigious 11th Annual SCFHOF Enshrinement Ceremony scheduled for April 18, 2024.

During this ceremony, a winner will be declared and honored. Notably, for the first time in SCFHOF history, cash scholarships will be given out as recognition for their exceptional achievements throughout their academic year.

The 2024 Bridge Builder Excellence Award is made possible by you and the generosity of The Sturgis Family, The Bostic Family, The Spinx Corporation, and Parham Smith and Archenhold.

About:

The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football legends and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, encouraging, and empowering themselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for our South Carolina Community. Together, we can lead SC students to be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report). The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy.  #SCTop10N2030

Congratulations to our 2023 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists! Watch Each of The Finalists Interviews Below!

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Congratulations to LaNorris Sellers of South Florence High School as the recipient of the 2023 Bridge Builder Excellence Award presented by Spinx Corporation.

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April 20, 2023

SCFHOF Awards 4th Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award to LaNorris Sellers of South Florence High School in Greenville Thursday Night.

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame is thrilled to announce that LaNorris Sellers is our recipient of the 2023 Bridge Builder Excellence Award presented by The Spinx Corporation. The prestigious award recognizes and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom, and on the field. We received a record 84 submissions for the award this year. Of this distinguished group, the Top 10 Finalists include: Mazeo Bennett, Tyler Brown, Joshua Daniels, Jaylen Foster, Blake Franks, Ricardo Jones, Scott Saylor Jr., LaNorris Sellers, Tanner Staton, and Will White.

The South Florence High School quarterback has distinguished himself as a formidable force on the football field, showcasing exceptional talent and leadership throughout his high school career. As a key player in leading South Florence to a state championship victory, Sellers has garnered numerous accolades, including recognition as an All-State quarterback, End Zone player of the year, Blitz player of the year, and runner up for Mr. Football. Sellers’ impressive performance in the Shrine Bowl further solidified his status as one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation - named MVP of the coveted award. His outstanding character and unwavering commitment to excellence are evident both on and off the field, which has earned the respect of his teammates, coaches, and peers alike.

As he looks to the future, Sellers has signed to play football at the University of South Carolina this fall and even enrolled early at USC this January. With his dedication to honing his skills and talents, he’s poised to make a significant impact both on and off the field at the collegiate level. On April 15th, Sellers’ talents were already on display during the University of South Carolina’s spring game, completing a perfect 50-yard pass. His remarkable track record of unwavering commitment to football and the community makes him a standout athlete.

This is the fourth straight year the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame has given out the Bridge Builder Excellence Award. Previous winners include Davion Joyner of Dorchester High School/Limestone College (2022), Nemo Squire of Dillon High School/East Carolina University (2021), Javarius Youmans of Allendale-Fairfax High School/North Greenville University (2020).

The SCFHOF would like to thank The Spinx Corporation, The Sturgis Family, in honor of William B. Sturgis, and Clemson great Joe Bostic for their support of the 4th Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award Ceremony.

About:

The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football legends and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, encouraging, and empowering themselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for our South Carolina Community. We are recognizing, celebrating, and encouraging excellence! Together, we can lead SC students to be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report). The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy. #SCTop10N2030

Donate to the scfootballhof.org, join the movement today! #SCTop10N2030

Follow the SCFHOF on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @scfootballhof and at www.scfootballhof.org. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: South Carolina Football Hall of Fame - YouTube.

Congratulations to our 2023 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists!

April 6, 2023

SCFHOF Announces 4th Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees & Top 10 Finalists

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) announced the 2023 Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” Nominees & Top 10 Finalists presented by Spinx Corporation (Making Life Easier!).  The award honors and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field.  The event will be free to attendees, a gift in honor of William B. Sturgis, a proud supporting member of the SCFHOF.

Award Criteria:

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

Each statewide nominee will receive a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments, invited to celebrate in #BBEA23Day on May 17, 2023 on their social media platforms, and invited to participate in College and Decision Day at the statehouse on May 2, 2023. In addition, Top 10 Finalists will be invited to share their story with state football legend Levon Kirkland on the “Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland”: A Sports & Leadership Podcast.  The Top 10 Finalists are committed to participate in our 4th Annual BBEA Ceremony & Benefit on April 20th from Zen in Downtown Greenville.  It will be a “Heisman” style ceremony with the winner announced live at the event.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of 85 amazing young men nominated for the award.  The Top 10 Finalists committed to attend the April 20th event are as follows:

Mazeo Bennett

Mazeo Bennett is a wide receiver at Greenville High School. He was First Team All-State in the 2022 season and won Offensive Region Player of the Year. He was a team captain last season, and he is committed to play football for the University of South Carolina in 2024. He displays character on and off the field. Mazeo volunteers at many football camps and has been a role model and leader in his time at Greenville High School. He has aspirations to someday play in the NFL.

Tyler Brown

          Tyler Brown is a wide receiver at Greenville High School. He was an All-State wide receiver in the 2022 season, and was a Mr. South Carolina nominee. He will play football at Clemson University next season, and received ivy league offers in the recruitment process. He spends his summers volunteering at football camps and plans to get his masters in college and get a degree in business.

Joshua Daniels

Joshua Daniels is an offensive lineman at West Florence High School. He was First Team All-State in the 2022 season, was a BBEA nominee in 2022, and participated in the Touchstone Energy Bowl North/South game. He is a 3-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and track. Daniels is a member of his school's BETA club as well as student government. He won the Mr. West Florence pageant, is a member of Chick Fil A Leadership Academy, and was elected Mayor and Senator in the Palmetto Boys State Delegate. He is playing football at Anderson University next year, and will make history as a member of Anderson Football’s first football class. He hopes to continue his political path after football, with aspirations of becoming a Senator.

Jaylen Foster

            Jaylen Foster is a running back at Emerald High School. He participated in the Touchstone Energy North/South Game, won Region 4 AAA offensive player of the year, and was named the Lakelands player of the year in 2022. He is a 3-sport athlete, playing football, wrestling, and running track. He is involved in Next Level Lifestyles, which is a program that helps non-profit organizations in his community. He will play football at Georgia State next year and has aspirations of becoming a football coach after his playing career is over.

Blake Franks

Blake Franks is an offensive lineman at Greenville High School. He is a dedicated, high character player that has seen much success on the field. He has been dominant as a lineman in his time at Greenville. He will continue that dominance as a 2024 commit to the University of South Carolina. After football he plans on being an engineer.

Ricardo Jones

Ricardo Jones is a defensive back at Silver Bluff High School. He is a 3-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball and baseball. Football of course is where he shines. He was a dominant player on the field and was exemplary off of it. He was on the 2022 All American Academic team, a member of his beta club and honors society, and won the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Honor of Excellence Award. He will play football at Wofford next season and hopes to get a degree in nursing.

Scott Saylor Jr.

Scott Saylor Jr. is a quarterback at Carolina Forest High School. He broke 4 school records in his time at Carolina Forest. He is a member of the honors society. He is playing football at Coastal Carolina next season, and along with his football scholarship he received a presidential academic scholarship. He hopes to be an athletic director after football.

La’Norris Sellers

La’Norris Sellers is a quarterback at South Florence High School. He led his team to a state championship while earning All-State honors. He was Shrine Bowl MVP, End Zone player of the year, blitz player of the year, and runner up for Mr. Football. He is a high character leader on and off the field. He is currently an early enrollee at the University of South Carolina.

Tanner Staton

            Tanner Staton is a quarterback at Brookland-Cayce High School. He was an All-State quarterback in the 2022 season and was the Touchstone Energy Bowl North/South Bowl offensive MVP. He was Region 3-A player of the year in the 2021 season, and was a BBEA nominee in 2021. He is a two-sport athlete, also playing baseball. He assists student administration as a tour guide and serves on the yearbook staff. He will play football at Elon University and hopes to pursue a career in sports management after football.

Will White

          Will White is a defensive back at Dorman high school. He was an All-State player, and was selected in the North South game. He was a leader on the field and was voted by his teammates to be a team captain his senior year. Off the field he was a member of his school's beta club and national honor society. He will play football at Wofford next year and plans to major in business economics.

About:

The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football legends and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, encouraging, and empowering themselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for our South Carolina Community. We are recognizing, celebrating, and encouraging excellence! Together, we can lead SC students to be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report). The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy. #SCTop10N2030

Donate to the scfootballhof.org, join the movement today! #SCTop10N2030

Follow the SCFHOF on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @scfootballhof and at www.scfootballhof.org. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: South Carolina Football Hall of Fame - YouTube.

Congratulations to all our excellent South Carolina student athletes who were nominated for this year’s Bridge Builder Excellence Award!! Keep up the Excellent Work! This year’s Top 10 finalists are marked with an (*).

November 17, 2022

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) announces that the nomination period for the 2023 Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” is open. The award is designed to recognize high school football student athletes who have shown excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities.

Award Criteria:

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

The BBEA began in 2020 to recognize, celebrate and encourage excellence in our student athletes from the 2019-2020 academic year.  Since then, during the three award cycles, the SCFHOF have received 158 nominations with participation from 88 South Carolina High Schools. A formal ceremony for the award is scheduled for April 20, 2023, at Zen in Downtown Greenville. This will be the fourth annual occasion recognizing SC’s “High School Heisman” for overall excellence.

Please nominate an excellent high school football player here: BBEA23 Nomination Form

 

Celebrate the 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees with the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame on August 24th #BBEA22Day

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) will be celebrating the 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” Nominees presented by Spinx Corporation (Making Life Easier!) via social media on August 24th on their #BBEA22Day.  The 70 nominees are being encouraged to post pictures of themselves with their nomination certificates on their social media channels using the hashtags #BBEA22Day & #SCTop10N2030.  The SCFHOF are encouraging South Carolina businesses and the education community to celebrate with them by liking and sharing the pictures of these student athletes who have shown excellence on the football field, in the classroom, and in their communities (complete list is below).

Award Criteria:

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

On April 28, 2022, the top 10 finalists of the award were celebrated in a special ceremony at Zen in Downtown Greenville.  Fort Dorchester High School alum Davion Joyner was awarded the 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award at that event for his overall excellent body of work as a South Carolina student athlete.  We will begin accepting nominations from all SC high school football programs later this fall. The formal ceremony is scheduled for April 20, 2023.  This will be the fourth annual occasion recognizing SC’s “High School Heisman” for overall excellence.

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The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football legends and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, encouraging, and empowering themselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for our South Carolina Community. The SCFHOF believe that with your support SC students can be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report). The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy. Become a member today at scfootballhof.org. Join the movement today! #SCTop10N2030

On August 24th follow, like, and share these incredible young people’s accomplishments with the SCFHOF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter @scfootballhof, and hashtags #BBEA22Day #SCTop10N2030.

Congratulations to all our excellent South Carolina student athletes who were nominated for the 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award!! Keep up the Excellent Work! The 2022 Top 10 finalists are marked with an (*)

Congratulations to Davion Joyner of Fort Dorchester High School as the recipient of the 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award presented by Spinx Corporation.

For Immediate Release

April 30, 2022

SCFHOF Awards 3rd Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award to Davion Joyner of Fort Dorchester High School in Greenville Thursday Night

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) named Davion Joyner of Fort Dorchester High School the recipient of the 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award presented by Spinx Corporation (Making Life Easier!).  The award rewards and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field.

Award was presented in a "Heisman-Like" ceremony featuring the Top 10 Finalists for the Bridge Builder Excellence Award at a ceremony in Downtown Greenville at the special event space Zen.   Top 10 finalists included Kazarius Adams (unable to attend due to class at Georgia State), Jace Blackshear, Jaylin Davis, Prometheus Franklin II, Corey Heath, Davion Joyner, Gray Leaphart, Grayson Loftis, Drew Settle (unable to attend because of State Playoff baseball games), and Ricardo Sprinkle.  Other guests included the finalists family and friends, and SCFHOF Honorees Jeff Bostic, Dwayne Harper, Rick Sanford, Levon Kirkland, and Willie Jeffries.

Davion Joyner is from North Charleston and will be graduating from Fort Dorchester High School.  His cousin is former South Carolina Mr. Football Dakereon Joyner who is also a Fort Dorchester graduate and current member of the USC Gamecocks football team. Davion accumulated over 1000 receiving yards this past fall and earned Carolina Bowl MVP, and All-State honors while maintaining a 4.1 overall GPA & a 3.4+ Core GPA.  He also gave back to his community by volunteering at Meals on Wheels, Toys for Tots, and spending his free time reading to elementary students.  Davion has signed to play football at Limestone College in Gaffney this fall.  He will also be participating in the SCFHOF 9th Annual Enshrinement on the 29th at the Hilton Greenville.

This was the third straight year the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame has given out the Bridge Builder Excellence Award.  Previous winners include Javarius Youmans of Allendale-Fairfax High School/North Greenville University (2020), and Nemo Squire of Dillon High School/East Carolina University (2021).

The SCFHOF would like to thank The Spinx Corporation, Vapor Elemental Wear, Wyatt Law, the SC National Guard, and Tri-County Technical College for their support of the 3rd Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award Ceremony

About:

The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football legends and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, empowering, and encouraging ourselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for our South Carolina Community. The SCFHOF believe that with your support SC students can be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report)

The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy. Become a member at scfootballhof.org, join the movement today! #SCTop10N2030

Follow the SCFHOF on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @scfootballhof and at www.scfootballhof.org. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: South Carolina Football Hall of Fame - YouTube.

Congratulations to our Top Ten 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists! Watch Each of The Finalists Interviews with Levon Kirkland Below!

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SCFHOF Announces 3rd Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees & Top 10 Finalists

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2022

SCFHOF Announces 3rd Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominees & Top 10 Finalists

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) announced the 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” Nominees & Top 10 Finalists presented by Spinx Corporation  (Making Life Easier!).  The award rewards and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field.

Award Criteria:

·       Football Excellence = 40%

·        Academics - Minimum 3.2 Core GPA = 30%

·        Exemplary School, Character, Community Citizenship, and Leadership = 30%

Each statewide nominee will receive a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments. In addition, Finalists will be invited to share their story with state football legend Levon Kirkland on the “Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland”: A Sports & Leadership Podcast.  The Top 10 Finalists will also be invited to participate in our 3rd Annual BBEA Ceremony & Benefit on April 28th from Zen in Downtown Greenville.  It will be a “Heisman” style ceremony with the winner announced live at the event. Limited passes for the live presentation are on sale now HERE!

Below you will find a comprehensive list of 70 amazing young men nominated for the award.  The Top 10 Finalists invited to attend the April 28th event are Kazarius Adams (Gray Collegiate), Jace Blackshear (Hilton Head Christian), Jaylin Davis (Lake Marion), Prometheus Franklin (Greenville), Corey Heath (Silver Bluff), Davion Joyner (Fort Dorchester), Gray Leaphart (Gilbert), Grayson Loftis (Gaffney), Drew Settle (Chapman), and Ricardo Sprinkle (Orangeburg-Wilkinson).

Join us April 28th and celebrate these great young men. Limited passes for the live presentation are on sale now HERE!

About:

The SCFHOF is a 501(c)(3) “For Impact” organization whose mission is to honor South Carolina football legends and help lead South Carolina students to the Top 10 states in the country for college and career readiness by December 31, 2030.  The SCFHOF is on a mission, celebrating excellence and educating, empowering, and encouraging ourselves and others to live in purpose to bring out the best for our South Carolina Community. The SCFHOF believe that with your support SC students can be Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness by December 31, 2030. (Ranked 43rd nationally in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report)

The SCFHOF invites you to play your role in this worthwhile legacy. Become a member at scfootballhof.org, join the movement today! #SCTop10N2030

Follow the SCFHOF on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @scfootballhof and at www.scfootballhof.org. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: South Carolina Football Hall of Fame - YouTube.

Congratulations to all our excellent South Carolina student athletes who were nominated for this year’s Bridge Builder Excellence Award!! Keep up the Excellent Work! This year’s Top 10 finalists are marked with an (*).

 

Nominee Name

*Kazarius Adams

Carson Benfield

Mazeo Bennett

Dante Black

*Jace Blackshear

Jeremy Bland

Harley Boatwright

Payton Buhler

Christian Cancello

Josh Daniels

*Jaylin Davis

Logan Daye

John Deal

Jamir Dewberry

Jay Dillard

Stephen DiStasio

Christian Draper

*Prometheus Franklin

Jykorie Gary

Drew Geoly

Devin Gillespie

Timothy Goldsmith

Deadrian Hall

Tyreik Hayes

*Corey Heath

Navian Hilliard

Ashton Howard

Ivan Huerta

Ethan Hunt

Bradley Hunt

Jamie Hutchison

*Davion Joyner

Ja-Khaydin Kinard

*Gray Leaphart

Julian "Alex" Ledford

Dylan Lesesne

*Grayson Loftis

Taqiyy Lott

A'Jani Mainer

Myles Martin

Jaden McLeod

Ethan Muilenburg

Joseph Ramirez

James Rawl

Harold Reed

Caleb Rentz

Jamian Risher

Kenneth Rivers

Seth Robinson

Quashon Rollins

Zyshonne Rollins

CJ Sahlman

Weston Sandifer

Matthew Scarpa

Jody Sellers

*Drew Settle

Riley Shinn

Jackson Sims

Ryan Smith

Bret Smith

Walter Smth

*Ricardo Sprinkle

Tanner Staton

Carlton Terry

Jordan Thomas

Bryce Washington

Trevor Weldon

Maleik Williams

Davis Wilson

Abram Wright

Nominee High School

Gray Collegiate 

York Comprehensive

Greenville

Chapman

Hilton Head Christian 

Hillcrest

Gilbert

Wade Hampton

St. Joseph's Catholic

West Florence

Lake Marion 

South Pointe

Emerald

Gettys D. Broome

TL Hanna

South Pointe

Bamberg-Ehrhardt

Greenville 

Clinton

Greenwood

Cheraw

Manning

York Comprehensive

Mullins

Silver Bluff 

Lake Marion

Cross

Battery Creek

Lamar

Hartsville

Fort Dorchester

Fort Dorchester

Airport

Gilbert 

Ashley Ridge

Heathwood Hall

Gaffney 

Strom Thurmond

Midland Valley

Easley

Silver Bluff

Batesburg-Leesville

Gettys D. Broome

Laurens

Columbia

Chesnee

Wade Hampton

St Johns

Orangeburg Prep.

Allendale-Fairfax

Allendale-Fairfax

St. Joseph's Catholic

Barnwell

Hilton Head Christian

Chesterfield

Chapman 

Hilton Head Christian

Nation Ford

Nation Ford

Ridge Spring - Monetta

TL Hanna

Orangeburg-Wilkinson

Brookland Cayce

Conway

Fox Creek

Williston Elko

Hilton Head Prep

Silver Bluff

Clinton

Philip Simmons

Hometown

West Columbia

York

Greenville

Inman

Bluffton

Fountain Inn

Leesville

Hampton

Anderson

Florence

Irmo

Rock Hill

Greenwood

Cowpens

Anderson

Rock Hill

Bamberg

Greenville

Clinton

Greenwood

Cheraw

Pinewood

York

Mullins

Aiken

Cameron

Cross

Beaufort

Lamar

Hartsville

Ladson

North Charleston

Gaston

Gilbert

Summerville

Columbia

Gaffney

North Augusta

Graniteville

Easley

New Ellenton

Batesburg-Leesville

Cowpens

Laurens

Columbia

Spartanburg

Varnville

Johns Island

Orangeburg

Allendale

Fairfax

Greenville

Barnwell

Bluffton

Ruby

Inman

Bluffton

Fort Mill

Fort Mill

Greer

Anderson

Orangeburg

Lexington

Conway

North Augusta

Williston

Hilton Head Island

Beech Island

Clinton

Wando

WATCH: THE SCFHOF PRESENTED TO SC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS & COUNSELORS ABOUT THE BRIDGE BUILDER EXCELLENCE AWARD & PROGRAM

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SCFHOF Seeking 2022 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Nominations

December 28, 2021

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) are seeking nominations for the 3rd Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” presented by Spinx Corporation  (Making Life Easier!) now until February 1, 2022 on scfootballhof.org.  The award recognizes and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field.  Please nominate a football student athlete that meets or exceeds the following criteria.

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

Each statewide nominee will receive a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments. The Top 10 Finalists will be chosen to share their story with state football legend Levon Kirkland on his Sports & Leadership Podcast.  These Top 10 finalists and their families will be invited to participate in the 2022 BBEA Ceremony & Benefit scheduled for April 28th at which a winner will be awarded. If you are a company that would like to sponsor a scholarship, please contact Mike Foster at foster@scfootballhof.org.

The inaugural award in 2020 was given out to Javarius Youmans of Allendale-Fairfax. Javarius is currently a redshirt defensive end at North Greenville University. In 2021, Nemo Squire of Dillon received the award.  Nemo is currently a high school senior All-State running back committed to play football at East Carolina University.  Through the first two years of the award, 87 South Carolina student athletes have been recognized for their excellence on and off the field.

 

Congratulations to Nemo Squire of Dillon High School as the recipient of the 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award presented by Spinx Corporation.

During the 2nd Annual Bridge Builder Excellence Award (BBEA) Ceremony, the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame recognized the BBEA Top !0 finalists for the honor in front of a live ceremony guestlist that included the legendary Coach Willie Jeffries, and Clemson Ring of Honor linebacker Levon Kirkland at Zen in Downtown Greenville among community leaders and the Finalists families.

Eight of the ten finalists and their families were in attendance for the program to honor the 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award presented by the Spinx Company.  Dillon High School standout incoming senior running back Nehemiah "Nemo" Squires was selected as this year's recipient due to his overall excellence on the field, in the classroom (nearly a 4.0 GPA), and in his community.

Nehemiah “Nemo” Squire has a 3.98 overall GPA, making him a member of the National Honor Society. He also serves as a youth leader and works with a ministry that assists the homeless. On the field, Squire was named a nominee for RB of the Year and is a 2x All Region player. His future plans include receiving a scholarship in athletics and academics. Squire is hoping to study Architectural Engineering.

The other 2021 BBEA Finalists for the award included South Carolina Football High School standouts Ryan Burger (Myrtle Beach), Paul Davis (Spring Valley), Miller DeArmond (Greer), Eli Henderson (Byrnes), William Jeffcoat (Pelion), Malik Stowers (Westside), Malik Thomas (Fox Creek), Karrlen Waymyers (Hunter-Tyler-Kinard), and Ashton Whitner (Greenville).

The award and program was made possible by the Spinx Company, Wyatt Law, PA, Curry PA, Trehel Corporation, SC National Guard, and Advoco.

Congratulations to our Top Ten 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Finalists! Watch Each of The Finalists Interviews with Levon Kirkland Below!

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Congratulations to our 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Top 10 Finalists

2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Top 10 Finalists: (alphabetical order)

Ryan Burger- Myrtle Beach High School/QB/Class of 2022/Appalachian St. Commit

Ryan is a high character and hard-working individual who has had success on and off the field. As a National Honor Society and Beta Club student, he received a 4.64 overall GPA this past year drawing the eyes of schools all over the country. The 1st Team All Region Quarterback hopes to pursue coaching as a career down the road.

Paul Davis- Spring Valley High School/DB/Class of 2021/Carnegie-Melon Signee

Paul was voted a finalist for the Mr. Richland County Football Award and a Friday Nights Rivals Scholar Athlete Award. The three-year starter was a 2020 National High School Football Preseason Academic All-American and posted a 4.0 GPA this past year. He is a member of the National Honors Society and National Science Honors Society. Davis has also had his hand working with educating youth, helping in ministry, and as a non-profit volunteer. He plans to study either electrical, mechanical, or environmental engineering.

Miller DeArmond- Greer High School/WR/Class of 2021/Western Carolina Signee

DeArmond is a 2x All-State, 2x Captain, 2x Offensive MVP, and a 2x All Region at Wide Receiver while performing exceptionally well in the classroom receiving a 3.6 GPA and remained at the top 15% of his class. DeArmond has served his community by greeting children in the car line before school and also taking the time to read to them in class whenever he had a free period. He has a career interest to be a chiropractor.

Eli Henderson- Byrnes High School/OL/Class of 2022/University of Arkansas Commit

Eli has worked extremely hard in the classroom and earned himself a 3.7 GPA this past year. He serves on the leadership council for the team. He has also spent time building and upgrading homes in the area for underprivileged residents, while also giving back to the youth through his work with youth football teams.

William Jeffcoat- Pelion High School/OL/Class of 2021/Army West Point Signee

Jeffcoat has a 5.2 GPA, ranking him first in the academic class. William Jeffcoat was a member of SC Boy’s State in 2019 and is a 4x All Region selection and a 2x All-State selection on the offensive line. In 2020 he was a part of the Shrine Bowl, a game between the top football players in NC/SC. Once he has completed his military service he plans to teach and coach.

Nemo Squire- Dillon High School (Connections Academy)/RB/Class of 2022/Uncommitted- 13 offers

Nehemiah “Nemo” Squire has a 3.98 overall GPA, making him a member of the National Honor Society. He also serves as a youth leader and works with a ministry that assists the homeless. On the field, Squire was named a nominee for RB of the Year and is a 2x All Region player. His future plans include receiving a scholarship in athletics and academics. Squires is hoping to study Architectural Engineering.

Malik Stowers- Westside High School/OL/Class of 2021/Newberry College Signee

Malik Stowers is a team captain and All Region player. Malik won a battle with Thyroid cancer his junior year of high school. Despite having underlying conditions, he played during the COVID-19 pandemic and did so for his community and teammates where they earned a region championship win. He is actively involved with his local church and community. Through his hard work Malik earned himself a 3.86 overall GPA and a scholarship to Newberry College where he plans to study business.

Malik Thomas- Fox Creek High School/LB/Class of 2021/Gardner-Webb Signee

Thomas is a 2020 BBEA Finalist, and a National Beta Club Member, who earned himself a 3.8 overall GPA this year. He spends a lot of time being a mentor and is also involved in Future Business Leaders of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a 2x Varsity Letterman and a Defensive Team Captain for Fox Creek. Malik Thomas has signed with Gardner-Webb and will study Graphic Design/Communications.

Karrlen Waymyers- Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School/DL/Class of 2021/SC State Signee

Waymyers currently holds a 3.6 GPA. He is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars which recognizes his academic achievements. In 2020, he was named the Willie Jefferies Character Award winner by the Orangeburg County Community of Character Initiative. On the field, Karrlen Waymyers is a 2x All-Region and a Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2020. He will attend South Carolina State in the fall to study business management.

Ashton Whitner- Greenville High School/DB/Class of 2022/Uncommitted- 24 Offers

Whitner is a Beta Club member that has earned a 3.9 overall GPA. Described as a great leader, smart and honest kid spends a good amount of his time with food drives and helping out in the community. Ashton Whitner has been called a great player and coachable kid, who is a 3x All Region as a defensive safety. He plans to play college football and study business.

 

Congratulations to our 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Semi-Finalists

May 4, 2021

Greenville, SC: The South Carolina Football Hall of Fame (SCFHOF) revealed the 2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award “BBEA” presented by Spinx Corporation (Thanks Spinx for Making Life Easier!) Semi-Finalists today.  The award rewards and encourages excellence in the community, in the classroom and on the field.

Award Criteria:

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

All South Carolina High School football players are eligible for the award. Each nominee will receive a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments.  Top 10 Finalists will be included in a statewide press release and an invitation to share their story with state football legend Levon Kirkland on the “Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland”: A Sports & Leadership Podcast.  The winner will be selected and invited to participate in our 2021 BBEA Ceremony and Livestream on July 21st from Zen in Downtown Greenville. Limited Passes for the live presentation are on sale now HERE!

Become a Bridge Builder at scfootballhof.org to help us put SC in the Top 10 nationally in college and career readiness (ranked 43rd in 2019 by US News) by December 31, 2030 and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @scfootballhof.  Follow the Bridge Builder Excellence Program on Twitter @scbridgebuilder. #SCTop10N2030

2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Semi-Finalists: (alphabetical order)

  • Ryan Burger- Myrtle Beach HS
  • Adrian Chandler- Williston Elko HS
  • Paul Davis- Spring Valley HS
  • Miller DeArmond- Greer HS
  • Braedon Enloe- Blue Ridge HS
  • Kayden Hager- Catawba Ridge HS
  • Kade Haywald- Clinton HS
  • Eli Henderson- Byrnes HS
  • William Jeffcoat- Pelion HS
  • Kanaan Ligons- Ridge Spring-Monetta HS
  • Grayson Loftis- Gaffney HS
  • Nick Morgan- Wren HS
  • David (Will) Ramey- Philip Simmons HS
  • James Rawl- Laurens HS
  • Bryce Rucker- Airport HS
  • Aiden Patno- St. Johns Island HS
  • LaNorris Sellers- South Florence HS
  • Drew Settle- Chapman HS
  • Seth Smith- Spartanburg HS
  • Kaleb Snider- West Ashley HS
  • Nehemiah Squire- Dillon HS/Connections Academy
  • Malik Stowers- Westside HS
  • Malik Thomas- Fox Creek HS
  • Patrick Westbrook- Strom Thurmond HS
  • Karrlen Waymyers- Hunter-Kinard-Tyler HS
  • Ashton Whitner- Greenville HS
  • Zachary Zivitski- Southside Christian HS

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Congratulations to Javarius Youmans of Allendale-Fairfax High School

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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!

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Bridge Builder Excellence Program

This is a program was 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. News.com ranked SC students 43rd nationally in college and career readiness.  As such, many students are being left behind and our communities are struggling.  The Bridge Builder Excellence Program educates, empowers, and encourages excellence in our SC students to be successful in their college, career, and life endeavors.

With the help of our communities, we can lead SC students to 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.

In 2018, 250 Greenville County students attended ACT and SAT Prep Courses through our collaboration with Jay Blankenship. In 2019, we dedicated one-on-one time with local Greenville County student athletes through lunch and learn events.  In 2020, we honored our inaugural Bridge Builder Excellence Award winner and we incorporated student leadership advise through our Inside Blitz w/ Levon Kirkland Podcast through student interviews and "QuickHits" segments.  These digital communication strategies are planned to continue through 2021 and 2022.

Previous Bridge Builder Excellence Community Events

Southside High School (Twice)

Blue Ridge High School

2019 EPT Showcase (Irmo, SC)

Greer High School

Wade Hampton High School

2021 Bridge Builder Excellence Award Presentation- July 21, 2021 at Zen Greenville

October 14th & 15th/November 17, 2021: 2021 Fall Regional School Counseling and Career Guidance Workshops

Recent Bridge Builder Excellence Community Events

May 4th: Celebrate SC Seniors at College Signing Day at the SC Statehouse

April 28, 2022: 3rd Annual BBEA Ceremony at Zen Greenville

Week of April 18th, 2022: We release BBEA22 Top 10 Finalist Interviews with Levon Kirkland

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

Pillars

Character

Academic

Career

Initiatives

Educational Workshops

SAT and ACT Workshops

Career Readiness

Understanding your Personal Brand

Networking Strategies

NCAA Eligibility

College Tours

Life Skills

Financial Literacy

Leadership

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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