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Friday, July 07, 2006

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Play It Smart Program

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Play It Smart Program


When: Today, July 7 at 4:10 p.m. EDT

Who: Jonathan Vilma and Parker Cantey will appear today on ESPNEWS at 4:10 p.m. EDT to talk about the National Football Foundation’s Play It Smart program.

Vilma, a New York Jets Pro Bowl Linebacker, recently joined the Play It Smart National Advisory Board.

Cantey, a 2006 graduate of the Play It Smart program, will enroll this fall at Syracuse University with a full football scholarship.

What: Cantey and Vilma will talk about the program’s impact nationwide on the more than 12,000 participants in 35 states with ESPN’s Steve Bunin.

“Without Play It Smart’s guidance, I never would have been in a position to accept this opportunity. For real, Play It Smart changed the course of my life," said Parker Cantey, who played linebacker and wide receiver at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, NY this past year.

Established in 1998 by The National Football Foundation as an educational program, Play It Smart works to turn football teams from tough inner city environments into learning teams. Designed to take a student-athlete’s passion and dedication to football, Play It Smart leverages the positive peer pressure of a team to make academic achievement the norm. At the heart of the program is a year-round academic coach, an official member of a team’
s staff, who serves as a direct link to the classroom by helping players and the team achieve their academic and personal development goals during the entire school year. With significant financial support from the NFL and NFL Players Association, Play It Smart currently reaches over 12,000 participants at 136 high schools in 85 cities and 35 states.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION & COLLEGE HALL OF FAME With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, a non-profit educational organization, runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. The NFF presents the MacArthur Trophy, the Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth, and releases the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Standings. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., Play It Smart, the NFF Center for Youth Development Through Sport at Springfield College (Mass.), the NFL-NFF Coaching Academy, and scholarships of over $1 million for college and high school scholar-athletes. Learn more at

Philip Marwill
Director of Communications
The National Football Foundation &
College Hall of Fame, Inc.
22 Maple Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960-5215
Work: 800-486-1865, ext. 118


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