Air Force Men's Gymnastics Earns 2013 Academic Awards

     Two members of the Air Force men's gymnastics team earned All-American Scholar-Athlete honors from the College Gymnastics Association last week, while the team also received recognition. James Okamoto, a 2013 Academy graduate, was honored with first-team status based on his GPA of 3.50 or higher, while current senior Nick Owen claimed second-team accolades for his GPA between 3.200-3.499.  As a team, the Falcons were one of six teams to earn Honorable Mention status based on the team's overall GPA.

    Results from the Cadet Wing Open Track and Field Meet

    The Air Force track and field team hosted the third-annual Cadet Wing Open Intramural Track and Field Meet last week (Aug. 20-22) at the Cadet Outdoor Track and Field Complex. The 2013 event featured the largest participation in meet history, with over 200 cadets from 32 squadrons.

     

    In addition, the meet featured the first-ever "Faculty 1500" with over 40 Academy professors and instructors participating.

     

    Eight meet records were set at the 2013 meet, as Cadet Squadron 01 won the squad competition with 38 points. Cadet Squadron 04 finished second with 31 points, while CS-15 (27 points), CS-34 (25 points) and CS-35 (24 points) rounded out the top five.

     

    MEET RECORDS SET IN 2013

    Men's 100m - 11.34, C4C Chandler Myers (CS-06)

    Men's 3200m - 11:14.97, C4C Jesse Lubove (CS-11)

    Men's 110m Hurdles - C1C Jason Fabian (CS-35)

    Men's 2000m Steeplechase - 6:52.30, C3C Joseph Esswein (CS-14)

    Men's Long Jump - 20'8.75", C4C Tyson McQuerry (CS-34)

    Women's 3200m - 14:22.51, C4C Bethany Dorian (CS-04)

    Women's Shot Put - 40'8.75", C3C Katelyn Holland (CS-35)

    Women's Javelin - 90'7", C3C Katelyn Holland (CS-35)

     

    Complete Results: WO-final results-2013.pdf

    ESPN to carry Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony feature Scott Thomas

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      The National Football Foundation (NFF) and the College Football Hall of Fame announced today that ESPN3 will carry live the 2013 Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony on Aug. 28 from the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

     

    The live event will start at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the ceremony will showcase the careers of 24 of college football's greatest legends, including Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), coach Frank Cignetti (West Virginia, Indiana [Pa.]), Ty Detmer (BYU), coach James "Boots" Donnelly (Austin Peay State, Middle Tennessee State), coach Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut State), coach Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), coach Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami [Fla.]), Shelby Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis [Mo.]), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Joe Micchia (Westminster College [Pa.]), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Art Shell (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), coach R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), Scott Thomas (Air Force), Jeff Wittman (Ithaca College [N.Y.]) and John Wooten (Colorado).

     

    The sold-out event will be emceed by award-winning broadcaster Wes Durham. In addition to the enshrinement ceremonies, the show will feature a preview of the 2013 college football season by a panel of top television analysts, including Tony Barnhart, Desmond Howard (a 2010 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame), Mark Schlabach and Matt Stinchcomb (the 1998 recipient of the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy).

     

    ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually, and it is accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and Apple TV. It is currently available to more than 85 million households at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks. A list of participating providers for ESPN3 can be found HERE.  For questions, contact ESPN Customer Care at 1-888-549-3776 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. ET daily.

    Mountain West Network does Air Force football preview

    The Mountain West Network's "Countdown to Kickoff" episode featuring Air Force to the all-new Conference website (http://www.themwc.com/#!/video-detail/8yZ2x3ZDoCUjA7Lx5I8CLMyKR9G6ZuiN). This footage can be found on the MW's YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ8Xi0M_cFE and we've distributed links to our followers on the league's Facebook page and Twitter feed.

    CBS SPORTS TO BROADCAST MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

    CBS Sports has signed a multi-year deal to broadcast the Mountain West Conference Football Championship Game.  CBS Sports will broadcast the inaugural title match-up live on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10:00 pm, ET from the home stadium of the regular-season Mountain West divisional champion with the highest BCS ranking. 

    CBS Sports Network serves as the Mountain West's primary television partner and will air 23 games this season featuring MW teams, with CBS Sports airing one regular-season contest (Air Force vs. Navy) in addition to the championship match-up.  CBS Sports' college football championship coverage on December 7 begins earlier in the day with the SEC Championship (4:00 PM, ET) from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

    "The new Mountain West football structure, which will culminate in an exciting match-up between two divisional champions, is one of many recent initiatives for the Conference as we enter our next era," said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson.  "We are pleased that CBS Sports will serve as a tremendous platform for this marquee event, providing an opportunity to showcase the caliber of Mountain West football." 

    "We're thrilled to extend our relationship with the Mountain West and broadcast their inaugural football championship game," said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports.  "It's a great addition to our college football programming and we look forward to providing fans with a full day of Championship coverage for many years."

    Beginning in the fall of 2013, MW football membership will include Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming in the Mountain Division and Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, San Diego State, San José State and UNLV in the West Division.

     

    Former Falcon Gizzi's American flag spring for Green Bay to be on MNF

    Former Falcon Chris Gizzi took part in one of the most emotional scenes in our nation's recent history when he carried an American flag on the field in the first football game after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 22, 2001. Gizzi's stirring dash took place on Sept. 24 before a huge crowd at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football. The scene is going to be part of the MNF's open this season. For a full story, click on the link below:

    http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/219627331.html

    Hall of Famer Scott Thomas to be enshrined Aug. 28 in Atlanta

    The National Football Foundation will enshrine the 2012 FBS College Football Hall of Fame Class as well as the 2013 Divisional Hall of Fame Class on Aug. 28 in Atlanta. A press event will be held at the construction site of the new Hall of Fame, with enshrinement at a dinner banquet that evening at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center.

    The Hall of Famers include Charles Alexander (LSU), Otis Armstrong (Purdue), Steve Bartkowski (California), Hal Bedsole (Southern California), Dave Casper (Notre Dame), coach Frank Cignetti (West Virginia, Indiana (PA), Ty Detmer (BYU), coach James "Boots" Donnelly (Middle Tennessee State), coach Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut State), coach Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee), coach Jimmy Johnson (Oklahoma State, Miami, Fla), Shelby Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis [Mo.]), Tommy Kramer (Rice), Joe Micchia (Westminster College [Pa.]), Art Monk (Syracuse), Greg Myers (Colorado State), Jonathan Ogden (UCLA), Gabe Rivera (Texas Tech), Art Shell (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), coach R.C. Slocum (Texas A&M), Scott Thomas (Air Force), Jeff Wittman (Ithaca College [N.Y.]) and John Wooten (Colorado).

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    Former Falcon Chris Howard joins NFF Alumni Association

    Dr. Chris Howard, a 1991 Air Force Academy graduate, has joined the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association (NSAAA). Howard was a two-year letterman at running back for the Falcons and won a National Football Foundation scholarship and was named the nation's top scholar-athlete by winning the Draddy Fellowship in 1990. He was also a Rhodes Scholar in 1990. Howard is currently serving as the 24th president at Hampden-Sydney College.

     

    Since 1959, the National Football Foundation has annually recognized the best and the brightest college players, presenting them with prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Currently an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate education, each award is presented at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in conjunction with the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in New York City. On average 15 awards are presented each year, and accepting the honor has always proven to be a highly inspiring moment for each recipient.

    "Recipients of these awards have used their scholarships to become doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, businessmen, and leaders in their communities," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "And many of our honorees, who confronted with the financial hurdles of continuing their education, have stated that it has been the NFF Scholar-Athlete Award that made the difference in their career choices. Creating the NFF Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association allows them to remain active members of this exclusive club."

    The NFF founders believed in the power of an organization that would provide a collective voice for the promotion of amateur football while highlighting the game's long-term ability to produce tomorrow's leaders. The spirit of college football and the NFF's mission of Building Leaders Through Football is embodied in the National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Launched in 2008, the NFF Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association adds to this collective voice, providing a powerful vehicle for past honorees to remain in the vanguard of the NFF's present efforts.


    Sports still available for third annual Football 101 event

    To help kick-off the 2013 season Coach Troy Calhoun and his wife Amanda invite football fans to enjoy fun night with the Air Force coaching staff to get an inside look at the fundamentals of the game and learn a little about the x's and o's that make the Falcons go.  The third annual Falcon Football 101 event will take place on Friday, August 2nd at the Holaday Athletic Center.  Festivities will get started at 5:30 pm with drinks and happy hour with fellow Air Force fans and the football coaching staff.  Coach Calhoun will then break the group down on the practice field to run through how the Falcons prepare for each game.  You'll get everything from inside information on formations to drills for improving specific skills.  It will be an open question and answer format so if there's anything you want to know about the team this will be a great chance to get inside the mind of a coach.  To kick back and relax after the practice portion of the event, dinner and drinks will be served from Panera followed up by desert and an athletic apparel fashion show.  Participants will also receive a two special gifts and a pair of tickets to the Falcons' MWC opener vs. Utah State! 

    To order your tickets to the third annual Falcon Football 101 event click here and register for inside Air Force Donornet.  Admission is just $40 per person and tickets are expected to sell out.  For questions please contact 719-333-2626.

    Former AF water polo player receives Aviator Valor Award

    Capt. Jeff Donaldson, a 2006 USAFA graduate, was recently granted the Aviator Valor Award for his actions while deployed overseas in May 2011. Donaldson, a four-year member of the Falcons' water polo team and team captain as a senior, is currently a helicopter pilot with the 55th Rescue Squadron based at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.

    "Coaching Jeff four years at the Academy in water polo was a coach's dream," said former Air Force water polo coach Jeff Ehrlich. "In the the spring of his junior year, the team had a chance to get some helicopter rides while on our Annapolis trip and Jeff told me at that time his goal was to fly helicopters in the Air Force. I knew he would attain that dream and be an excellent and courageous pilot. Receiving the Aviator Valor Award is a testament to Jeff's unselfish contribution to the Air Force mission and its core values."

    For the full story about Donaldson's honor, visit the following link: http://www.dm.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123309008