At the recent eighteenth annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner given by the VT Chapter of The National Football Foundation, resident Josh Cassarino was honored as one of the fifteen nominees for the association’s Hall of Fame. Cassarino, a scholar-athlete, was nominated by his varsity football Coach at SB High School, Joe McDonald. Nominees are chosen by their coaches and local citizens for their exceptional academics, athletic ability and citizenship, and as wonderful role models for others in their schools and communities.

Jack Healey of the Northeast Sports Network spoke about Josh Cassarino at the event held at Castleton State College: Josh’s folks are Paul and Tracie and they are a family of musicians and soloists which includes Josh playing the drums and piano and singing at all types of events including with the Gospel Choir at Plattsburg State University. He began his football career playing for three years with the South Burlington Dolphins youth program. Then on to the South Burlington Rebels for 4 years as a varsity player, participating in the North/South Game and the Shrine team. He also plays lacrosse and the indoor winter sports program while still finding time to be on the honor roll. Coach Joe McDonald says, “Josh was a great leader for us this year. His ability to make his team relax with his humor in a mature manner was critical to keeping his peers focused under pressure. Josh is a natural born leader. Kids gravitate toward him because of his natural talent to inspire when it counts.”

The National Football Foundation 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. There are 121 chapters with 12,000 members nationwide and annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million for college and high school scholar-athletes along with specific regional programs.

SOURCE & PHOTO: Linda LaBerge

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