High School Leadership Award
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Offensive Tackle, Northwestern High School
The High School Leadership Award was created to honor a high school senior player who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. This year’s Leadership Award goes to Jordan Knox, an Offensive Tackle from Northwestern High School.
Knox has proven to be a leader as a team captain this year. Jordan has been nominated for the Shrine Bowl and was the WRHI Player of the Game, as well as The Herald Player of the Game. Not only has Knox shown leadership in his senior year, but as a junior, he received numerous recognitions including All-Region, All-Area, WRHI Player of the game and The Herald Player of the Game.
Not only do Jordan’s athletic accomplishments deserve respect, but his overall demeanor solidifies his role as a leader on and off the field. Knox is described as a gentle giant with his size (6’4”, 310lbs) and he commands the attention of all students. He puts team goals before his own and has positive, but intentional communication skills on and off the field. He takes lead in many classroom projects and is a peer tutor.
Knox uses his free time to volunteer in local elementary schools and enjoys reading to young students. He is also a valuable component of the GameDay Giveback program. For the last two years, Knox has volunteered in neighborhood clean-up projects and in serving food with the Hungry Hero program.
Knox has chosen to continue his academic and athletic career at Northwestern University in Illinois.
It is with great pleasure that the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Touchdown Club present Jordan Knox with the High School Leadership Award.
The Charlotte Touchdown Club believes the sport of football teaches young men the very fundamentals that inspire the growth of our future leaders. The High School Leadership Award was created to honor a high school senior football player who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The winner’s school will receive a $2,000.00 honorarium, directed to the Athletic Department, in the name of the award recipient.
All applicants must be in their senior year of high school football and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Each applicant will be evaluated on these five benchmarks:
- Exemplifies principals of character, integrity, excellence and teamwork.
- Motivates and inspires the athletes around him to accomplish more than they would have normally.
- Actively shares responsibility, authority, information and credit when working towards the achievement of a goal.
- Communicates in a manner which is fair, straightforward, honorable and open.
- Sets a high standard of integrity by leading through example and maintains high personal standards.
The winner is chosen by a review panel selected by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and recognized with a trophy at the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Awards Presentation in December.