Charlotte Touchdown Club Announces “Defender of the Nation Award” Weekly Player Profile

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Charlotte Touchdown Club Announces Weekly

“Defender of the Nation Award” Player Profile

  •   Award Celebrates Emerging Leaders at Our Nation’s Military Academies & Institutions
  •   Weekly Profile Made Possible by the Charlotte Touchdown Club
  •   Recognition based on leadership qualities on and off the gridiron

Charlotte, N.C. (August, 17, 2017) – The Charlotte Touchdown Club announced today the Defender of the Nation Award Weekly Player Profile designed to celebrate our nation’s military academies and institutions and their many outstanding student-athletes.

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This weekly spotlight, set to launch on September 21, recognizes a football player from one of our nation’s elite military schools for his outstanding leadership qualities on and off the field.  The profiles will continue through the fall and lead up to the presentation of the Defender of the Nation Award presented at this year’s Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet on December 4th in Charlotte, NC.


“Thanks to the generous support and partnership of The Independence Fund, the Charlotte Touchdown Club is excited to recognize one of our nation’s outstanding leaders with the Defender of the Nation Award Weekly Player Profile” said John Rocco Executive Director Charlotte Touchdown Club.  “This effort helps celebrate our nation’s military academies and their outstanding graduates who do so much to protect our freedom.”


Players profiled will be selected from one of the nation’s (9) military academies and institutions including: Air Force Academy, The Citadel, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy, Norwich University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, VMI, and West Point and is based on exceptional leadership qualities on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  The recipient must also exhibit a high standard of integrity by leading through example.


“The Independence Fund is proud to support the Charlotte Touchdown Club’s efforts to recognize the emerging leaders of our nation’s military through its weekly Defender of the Nation Player Profile,” said Sarah Verardo, Executive Director of The Independence Fund.  “Our organization was created to help our nation’s veterans who have gone to extreme lengths to defend our country and the annual Defender of the Nation Award and Weekly Player Profile helps spread the word about our vital mission.”


About the Independence Fund
Moving Our Nation’s Wounded Heroes Towards Greater Independence!

The Independence Fund’s mission is to support the Nation’s injured and wounded Veterans with the tools to achieve their independence and freedoms they have fought so hard to preserve!  It is a laser focused non-profit organization that provides independence to severely wounded Veterans through mobility, wellness, and caregiver support.  Those who sacrifice for our country do so willingly with great pride and honor, and it is our privilege to serve them!  For more information, or to donate please visit our website: www.independencefund.org
The Charlotte Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 for the purpose of promoting high school, collegiate, and professional football in the Charlotte, N.C., region.  The club’s activities and services focus community attention on the outstanding citizenship, scholarship, sportsmanship, and leadership of area athletes and coaches. Since 1990, the club has raised more than $2,000,000 to benefit area high school and collegiate athletics.  For more information, contact John Rocco (704-347-2918 or jrocco@touchdownclub.mysites.io).


The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America to the nation’s most outstanding NCAA defensive football player at the Bronko Nagurski Awards Banquet in Charlotte, NC.  All proceeds benefit the Charlotte Touchdown Club Scholarship Fund. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 704-347-2918 or visit www.touchdownclub.mysites.io.



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