Hall, Great American Rivalry Series Introduce Scholar Athlete HOF Team


The Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed with the Great American Rivalry Series to announce The Great American Rivalry Series Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame Team.

A total of 25 outstanding student athletes will be honored as the 2020 inaugural Hall of Fame Team from a group of nominees selected in the annual GARS Scholar Athlete Award program, now in its 17th year. Concurrent with this announcement, the United States Marine Corps has committed to being one of the first Presenting Partners of the GARS Scholar Athlete Hall of Fame Team.

“Now more than ever, the world needs young men and women of character, nobility, honor and integrity,” said Pat Lindesmith, Chief Partnership Officer and Senior Vice President of Gold Jacket Relations. “This initiative fits perfectly with the Hall’s Youth & Education Team’s commitment to empowering youth around the world. These programs provide inspiration and encourage young people to achieve Hall of Fame success on and off the field."

Recipients of the GARS Scholar Athlete Award are chosen annually as part of the Great American Rivalry Series, which will be activating the program around its 1,000th Rivalry game this fall. Student athletes are recognized for their successes both on the field and in the classroom.

“We have seen young athletes compete in Great American Rivalry games on Friday nights and years later watched them play again in the Super Bowl,” said Rick Ford, founder of the Great American Rivalry Series. “From the purity of high school football to the epitome of the professional game, this partnership showcases the pathway to success at the highest level of our sport.”

The United States Marine Corps has a long-standing association with the Great American Rivalry Series.

“We are excited to take our long-standing and successful Great American Rivalry Series partnership to

the next level with the addition of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” said Leroy Pennington, Marine Corps Marketing Specialist. “The elite status of the Rivalry Series and Hall of Fame fits perfectly with the Fighting Spirit of the Marine Corps, and we are proud to stand alongside these outstanding young athletes.”