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NFL Players, 2-Time Paralympian and NFL Network Analyst Highlight Scholastic Banquet Awardees

Accomplished leaders in sports, education and community join young scholar-athletes honored for academic excellence

2016 Awardees

Orlando, FL – Pop Warner today announced the 2016 Pop Warner Scholastic Banquet award winners, who will be honored for their commitment to athletics, education, community and our nation’s youth at the 56th All-American Scholastic Banquet May 28.

The 2016 honorees include:

  • Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker
  • Green Bay Packers linebacker Sam Barrington
  • College football and NFL analyst Charles Davis
  • Two-time Paralympian and first Paralympic athlete nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Cortney Jordan
  • 2016 NFC Champion Carolina Panthers

This year’s All-American Scholastic Banquet at Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort honors the scholastic achievements of 7,700 Pop Warner student athletes who earned All-American Scholar status by achieving at least a 96% average in school. Pop Warner provides an average $100,000 in annual college scholarships to its scholars.

“This is such a special weekend as we celebrate the amazing achievements of our young scholars who have demonstrated extraordinary scholastic success,” said Pop Warner Executive Director, Jon Butler. “Sports and academics together help our young people develop leadership skills, knowledge and an adherence to teamwork and discipline.

"We’re also proud to celebrate the leadership our award recipients have exhibited in their sport, their profession and their community. They are exceptional in their individual fields and they help set a standard for our young people.”

Walker, a Pro Bowl tight end for the Titans, will accept the Inspiration to Youth Award, presented to an individual who has inspired the youth of today to become great achievers of tomorrow. Past recipients include LaMarr Woodley and Gerald McCoy.

Barrington will accept the Humanitarian Award, given to the individual who has portrayed both outstanding athletic achievement and high humanitarian principles while serving as an inspiration to the youth of today. Past recipients include Calais Campbell, Ben Coates, Matt Light and Bob Sanders.

Davis, Fox Sports NFL analyst and former All-SEC defensive back at University of Tennessee, will accept the first ever Media Award, presented to an individual for outstanding reporting, analysis and enthusiasm for sports.

Jordan, a recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland’s Master of Arts in Elementary Education program and an accomplished Paralympian swimmer, will accept the Female Achievement Award. The award is given to the woman who has demonstrated remarkable strength of character and leadership in attaining achievements in her life that inspire others. Past recipients include Olympians Susan Francia, Erin Hamlin and Nancy Kerrigan.

The Carolina Panthers will be honored with the NFL Team of the Year Award, presented annually to the team that has demonstrated commitment and support of Pop Warner both locally and nationally. Riley Fields, the team’s director of community relations, will accept the award on behalf of the Panthers.

The 56th Annual Pop Warner All-American Scholastic Banquet will take place Saturday, May 28, at Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort. For more information, visit Pop Warner’s Scholastic Weekend page and follow on Twitter at #PWScholarWeekend.