Top Local College Football & Basketball Athletes to be Honored at Dinner on April 8 in Virginia Beach

Top Local College Football & Basketball Athletes to be Honored at Dinner on April 8 in Virginia Beach
The Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC), an affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce will host a Celebration of College Athletics Awards Dinner on April 8. The dinner is held annually to recognize and celebrate the football and mens and womens basketball programs of Christopher Newport University, College of William & Mary, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan College. Nominees have been announced for Defensive and Offensive Player of the Year.

 

The Hampton Roads Sports Commission (HRSC), an affiliate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce will host a Celebration of College Athletics Awards Dinner on April 8. The dinner is held annually to recognize and celebrate the football and men’s and women’s basketball programs of Christopher Newport University, College of William & Mary, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Wesleyan College.

 

The awards dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Virginia Beach (1900 Pavilion Drive) from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This event will be emceed by ESPN radio announcer, Nick Cattles. Tickets to the Dinner & VIP Cocktail Reception are $75 per person. For individual reservations, go to www.HamptonRoadsSports.org or call 757-664-2573.

 

The Hampton Roads Sports Commission Player of the Year Awards, presented by Nationwide Insurance, will be presented to the top offensive and defensive players within the region. Each football and basketball program will nominate a student-athlete for each category. The selection committee, consisting of local sports experts familiar with the school athletic programs, will then select the student-athletes who will receive the Hampton Roads Sports Commission Player of the Year Awards. The top offensive and defensive players will be announced at the April 8 awards dinner.

 

During the dinner, Daryl Towe will serve as keynote speaker. Towe was born and raised in Norfolk, VA where he excelled in basketball and became quite well known in the Tidewater area. After playing for Norfolk State University, he was fortunate to continue his basketball career professionally overseas in Argentina and with various semi-pro teams across the United States. He attempted his position in the league, but soon found another area of life that brought him just as much fulfillment as the hardwood floor, if not more: his wife and son. Daryl and his wife started the company C.T.A.B, Cross-Training Athletes into Believers.C.T.A.B. is a non-profit organization that is tailored to enrich the youth’s basketball and life skills through individual and group training. Through this business, Daryl strives to teach all the importance of not only being good at your sport, but more importantly to be good and excel outside of that sport.  

 

Football Defensive Nominees:

Evan Moog

Williamsburg, VA

Christopher Newport University, Linebacker

 

Jerome Couplin III

Upper Marlboro, MD

College of William & Mary, Free Safety

 

Miles Grooms

Richmond, VA

Hampton University, Defensive End

 

Lynden Trail

Miami, FL

Norfolk State University, Linebacker

 

Fellonte Misher

Washington, D.C.

Old Dominion University, Defensive Back

 

Football Offensive Nominees:

Rudy Rudolph

Chesapeake, VA

Christopher Newport University, Wide Receiver

 

Matt Crisafi

Marietta, GA

College of William & Mary, Offensive Lineman

 

Antwon Chisholm

Belle Glade, FL

Hampton University, Running Back

 

Rolandan Finch

New Albany, IN

Norfolk State University, Running Back

 

Taylor Heinicke

Atlanta, GA

Old Dominion University, Quarterback

                       

Men’s Basketball Defensive Nominees:

Mike Cherry

Lewiston, NC

Christopher Newport University, Guard

 

Terry Tarpey

Stamford, CT

College of William & Mary, Guard

 

Du’Vaughn Maxwell

Manhattan, NY

Hampton University, Forward

 

Brandon Goode

Bronx, NY

Norfolk State University, Center

 

Denzell Taylor

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Old Dominion University, Forward

 

Trent Batson

Lewes, DE

Virginia Wesleyan College, Forward

   

Men’s Basketball Offensive Nominees:

Tra Benefield

Folkston, GA

Christopher Newport University, Forward

 

Marcus Thornton

Upper Marlboro, MD

College of William & Mary, Guard

 

Du’Vaughn Maxwell

Manhattan, NY

Hampton University, Guard

 

Pendarvis Williams

Philadelphia, PA

Norfolk State University, Guard

 

Aaron Bacote

Hampton, VA

Old Dominion University, Guard

 

D.J. Woodmore

Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Wesleyan College, Guard

 

 

Women’s Basketball Defensive Nominees:

Tia Perry

Goldsboro, NC

Christopher Newport University, Guard

 

Jazmen Boone

Virginia Beach, VA

College of William & Mary, Forward

 

Alyssa Bennett

Hampton, VA

Hampton University, Forward

 

Rachel Gordon

Woodbridge, VA

Norfolk State University, Forward

 

Shae Kelley

Denver, CO

Old Dominion University, Forward

 

Brittany Glasco

Fredericksburg, VA

Virginia Wesleyan College, Guard 

 

Women’s Basketball Offensive Nominees:

Nicole Mitchell

Falls Church, VA

Christopher Newport University, Forward

 

Kaitlyn Mathieu

Waterboro, ME

College of William & Mary, Forward

 

Malia Tate-DeFreitas

Harrisburg, PA

Hampton University, Guard

 

Rae Corbo

Englewood, NJ

Norfolk State University, Guard

 

Shae Kelley

Denver, CO

Old Dominion University, Forward

 

Brittany Glasco

Fredericksburg, VA

Virginia Wesleyan College, Guard

 

Thanks to event sponsors:  Nationwide Insurance (Player of the Year Sponsor) and Virginia Beach (Gold Sponsor).  For sponsorship information, please contact Gibby Eppler, Manager of Development, at geppler@hrccva.com or (757) 664-2573.

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