Irving, Texas (April 14) -- Seven members of the MIT football program have been named to the 2021 National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, as announced on Wednesday. Overall, 910 players from 255 schools qualified for membership in 2021.
To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed their final year of eligibility in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 or have graduated with remaining eligibility, but do not plan on returning to collegiate play. The student-athletes must also have attached a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale), have met all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and been starters or significant contributors during their seasons.
This year's MIT inductees include team captain Ben Delhees (Moreland Hills, Ohio), Mason DuMez (Lake Geneva, Wisc.), team captain Sam Gantman (Mendota Heights, Minn.), Justen Holl (Chantilly, Va.), Spencer Hylen (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Charles Magaw (New Orleans, La.) and Tyler Ray (Suwanee, Ga.). With the current pandemic, some student-athletes who are seniors are planning on returning to complete their eligibility and are not included on this year's list. However, those student-athletes will still be honored in the future and will be included in the 2022 class.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of student-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies and NFF Chairman Emeritus, provided the funds to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. Celebrating its 15th year in 2021, the initiative has now honored 13,077 student-athletes since its inception.
About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Future For Football, The William V. Campbell Trophy®, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Goodyear, Jostens, the New York Athletic Club, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Sports Business Journal.