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Press Release Hs Rudy Awards Launch (09 15 11) (1)

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  • 1.                                                                                                                                                       Still ‘Dreaming Big’: National Awards Inspire in Third Year Sporting Greats Troy Aikman and Drew Bledsoe lead the search for the Most Inspirational High School Football Player in America.Bend, OR – September 15, 2011 – As the high school football season kicks off around the nation, manyfamilies come together to watch the inspirational and uplifting movie RUDY, based on the true life story ofDaniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger and his dream of playing football for the University of Notre Dame. Inspireum alongwith the Trusted Sports Foundation, has taken Rudy’s dream another leap forward, by honoring those playerswho inspire others to ‘get and stay in the game’. With $25,000 in college academic scholarships awardedeach year, this ‘feel good’ program searches for nominees from around the nation, and honors them for theircommitment to excellence, oftentimes in the face of personal challenges. Drew Bledsoe, former New EnglandPatriots star and four-time Pro Bowl quarterback is the Chairman of the national Selection Committee.Dallas Cowboys quarterback legend Troy Aikman and former New England Patriots linebacker, Tedy Bruschi,both three-time Super Bowl Champions, are new additions to the national Selection Committee charged withdetermining the most inspirational high school player in America. They join other notable sports personalitiessuch as Leigh Anne Tuohy, mother of Baltimore Ravens player Michael Oher and inspirational figure of thefilm The Blind Side; Shaun Alexander, former Seattle Seahawks running back and NFL MVP; and awardwinning reporter of HBO’s Real Sports, Andrea Kremer. Since the program’s launch in 2009, nominees havereceived over 5 million votes, and their stories have inspired others to – in the famous words of Rudy –‘Dream Big, and Never Quit’.Leading into the third year, Inspireum Founder & CEO John Ballantine likens the awards to their inspirationalleader’s famous journey. “Rudy never gave up, he never quit,” said Ballantine. “Many of our nominees arefacing overwhelming challenges, yet they turn up to every practice, showing such deep love of the game asthey inspire their teammates to work harder and be better individuals on and off the field. Their courageousand uplifting stories connect on a deep level within their communities, and with everyone who learns aboutthem. It’s an honor to share their stories with America.”The awards were launched in 2009 and have placed the spotlight on over 700 players with the Trusted SportsFoundation bestowing over $50,000 in college academic scholarships to high school football players. Twelvefinalists will share $25,000 in scholarships, with the winner receiving a $7,500 college scholarship. ChanceAnthony, 2010 High School Football Rudy Award winner currently attending East Kentucky University, aims tofollow in his father’s footsteps to become a State Trooper. Anyone can nominate the ‘Rudy’ on their team atwww.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com starting September 15. Images and video can also be uploaded, and areencouraged. Online voting commences September 30 and continues after the Top 50 semifinalists areannounced on November 1. The Top 12 are then chosen on December 11 and the winner, four runners-upand one fan favorite are announced on January 15, 2012. The awards ceremony takes place in the winner’shigh school in February.About InspireumInspireum is a social enterprise dedicated to rewarding outstanding youth achievement that inspires the nextgeneration and strengthens our communities. We discover, amplify, and celebrate stories of youth thatovercome adversity and inspire others to achieve. Our technology, programs, and financial resources providethe inspiration, motivation, and opportunity for youth to engage in sports and service as hands-on, action-oriented paths to leadership, academic performance and healthy lifestyles. In partnership with the TrustedSports Foundation we work to inspire and empower all youth, regardless of socio-economic status, to thrive inlife through positive sports experiences.For information: www.HighSchoolRudyAwards.com  Video, 2010 Winner, Chance Anthony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4iecGHTVRQContact: sandy@inspireum.comPhone: (541) 848 9509 ###

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