Collegiate Football Players Overcoming Adversity to be Recognized with Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award
College football across the nation produces countless true stories of adversity and the Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) together with The Associated Press (AP) and the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Organization will now recognize ten such players with the new honor sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. The Sports Techie community blog recognizes collegiate players all every level much like coaches, staff and fans alike, all face daily battles life delivers making this Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award story heartfelt. Keep grinding.
Inaugural Comeback Player Award
The award will honor these driven student-athletes with a $30,000 general scholarship fund created by a premier sponsor to share inspiring and courageous hurdles overcome by these college football players who have all taken on life’s challenges such as injury, illness and emotional devastation, only to come out on the other side a better person and the first recipients of the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Nominees.
Nominees and winners are picked by a panel of writers, editors and sports information directors from CoSIDA, AP and Touchdown Illustrated as well as Fiesta Bowl representatives.
“We thank Mayo Clinic for stepping forward to help us share the personal stories of student-athletes overcoming adversity,” says Doug Vance, executive director of CoSIDA. “Our goal is to help fans better appreciate the roads these student-athletes have traveled. We hope these stories of achievement can inspire other people to meet the challenges in their own lives.”
CoSIDA members can nominate student-athletes through Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at Comeback-Player.com.
Once the season ends, three of the student-athletes will be selected as Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award winners. The nine student-athletes chosen as finalists, share $5,000 for each of the three winners and $2,500 for the six runners-up.
“We understand how challenging it can be for student-athletes to return from injury or illness,” says Dr. Michael Stuart, co-director Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine. “We are honored to be part of this award that recognizes qualities like motivation, determination and perseverance.”
Chad Pennington, the only player twice named professional football’s comeback player of the year award winner (2006, 2008) will serve as the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year Award ambassador. Pennington played his college football at Marshall University and was selected in the first-round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.
Pennington, will also make media appearances to share some of the compelling stories and encourage CoSIDA members to nominate deserving players.
The creative program will be supported by a sponsored-content and advertising campaign in Touchdown Illustrated game-day programs at more than 1,000 college football games this season, and in most of the major bowl game programs – including the College Football Playoff, the National Championship program, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Cheez-It Bowl – as well as selected NFL game-day programs.
Sports Techie, a big shout out to all the people involved with this in Rochester, Minnesota at the Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group. It was recently named the #1 hospital in the U.S. in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of top hospitals. It employs more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 57,100 allied health staff.
Thanks to the the CoSIDA for sharing this story with our international online community. They were founded in 1957 and now boast a more than 3,000 member national organization made up of of sports public relations, media relations and communications/information professionals throughout all levels of collegiate athletics in the United States and Canada. The organization is the second oldest management association in intercollegiate athletics.
The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year-round, during and outside of bowl season. In the month of December, the organization manages the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Cheez-It Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl Parade.
The Associated Press adds their global news network on all media platforms and formats to the partnership. The AP was founded in 1846. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.
This coming together of like-mined corporations to award collegiate football players overcoming all kinds of adversity with recognition and money is good news to report from Sports Techie, the universal center of sports tech.
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