Thursday May 12, 2016
The best football players of the fall season were honored May 1 at the 23rd annual National Football Foundation (NFF) Vermont Chapter Awards Dinner at Glenbrook Gymnasium on the Castleton State College campus. Among the athletes honored was Thomas DeMag, a senior three-sport student-athlete at South Burlington High School (SBHS). DeMag won the Robert Stafford High School Athlete Community Service Award. The award, sponsored by the South Burlington law offices of Fred Peet, recognizes that DeMag’s efforts at SBHS go well beyond athletics and his exemplary work in the classroom.
DeMag was elected Lieutenant Governor of Vermont Boy’s State last summer. He then went on to represent Vermont at Boy’s Nation, where he had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama. A senior leader in the school’s SLAM peer leadership and mentoring program, DeMag was a student representative on the athletic leadership council and played the lead in the class talent-night production. Active in community service projects, including fundraisers for ALS and breast cancer awareness, he also has volunteered for the Vermont Special Olympics Penguin Plunge and the STARS basketball program.
The NFF and College Hall of Fame was founded in 1947 as a non-profit educational organization to run programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. For more information, visit www.footballfoundation.org.