It’s Time to Nominate Linemen of the Year

High school football season may be coming to an end, but it’s time to nominate the best players for the Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s Annual Linemen of the Year Awards!

This award recognizes 16 of the best linemen from Ohio Divisions 1-6, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. High school freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior offensive and defensive linemen are eligible for nomination. Along with their performance on the field, candidates should also display a level of academic success and community involvement.

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Anthony with the 2017 Linemen of the Year Award recipients.

Anthony Muñoz and the Foundation’s selection committee will choose two student-athletes from the sixteen finalists to be recognized as Overall Offensive and Defensive Linemen of the Year at the National Football Foundation Student-Athlete Banquet.

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2017 Overall Offensive Lineman of the Year Joshua Myers from Miamisburg High School.

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2017 Overall Defensive Lineman of the Year Jerron Cage from Winton Woods High School.

The committee will also choose a student-athlete to recognize with the “In the Trenches” Leadership Award. This player is a role model on and off the field as he performs on the team, in the classroom and within the community.

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2017 “In the Trenches” recipient Matt Sichterman from Kings High School.

Over the last 15 years, Anthony Munoz Foundation has recognized 240 of the best linemen from high schools around the Tri-State region. Many of these players have continued their football careers at colleges such as University of Cincinnati, Ohio State University, University of Notre Dame and University of Kentucky (just to name a few).

Do you have one of the best linemen in the Tri-State at your school? Click here to nominate them November 6th until December 11th.

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Service Challenge Season is Finally Here!

Last week AMF proudly kicked off the annual Service Challenge with schools around the Tri-State area!

We challenged local schools to brainstorm and submit Service Challenge Projects. Now, over the next few months, these students will plan and execute their service projects to benefit others within their community.

Does your school want to participate in the Service Challenge? Here are a few tips on how to get started:

  1. Find and focus on a need in your community. Each community has a need waiting to be met. You and your school can focus on one need and make a big impact. Bracken County High School identified hunger as a need in their community and is overcoming this need with their “Blessings for Bracken” campaign.

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  1. Engage your community. Call on your classmates, friends, teachers, and families to get involved and help you make a difference! Community Christian Academy is organizing a “12 Days of Giving” to collect gifts for the Christmas party they are planning for a local foster care agency.

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  1. Stay in touch with AMF! Remember to post about your project on social media using #AMFChallenge. We love seeing and sharing your school’s updates! We also know it can be difficult to start your service challenge, so please use us as a resource! You can contact impact@munozfoundation.org with any questions you may have because we are here to help!

We’re excited to see the impact you will make through your projects!

There’s still time to register your school’s Service Challenge project for #AMFChallenge, just click here!

Do you want to stay up to date with the Service Challenge projects too? Follow #AMFChallenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates!

Back to School Means YLS is Just Around the Corner!

Back to school blues? Not when you have the 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar to look forward to! With registration open, we are looking to make this year’s event our biggest and best yet. Start your countdowns, because YLS will be here before you know it!

We are so excited for the event this year, and look forward to seeing so many familiar faces, from schools, students, and moderators. Our annual YLS started in 2005, and some schools have participated since the beginning. In fact, there have been twelve schools that have gone 12 for 12 in years attended! A HUGE thank you to…

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We hope these schools will continue their streak by attending this year’s YLS on October 12, 2017 at Xavier University.

Last year, YLS had a total of 94 schools in attendance from our Area of Impact. Whether it was ten-minute drive to over an hour, these schools all came with one goal:  to learn from their experience at YLS and leave ready to impact others. An overwhelming 41 schools came from Hamilton county for our event in 2016. Butler, Clermont, Brown, and Kenton county all brought a great amount of schools as well to help 2016 be such a success. Watch our 2016 Recap to see what all the buzz was about last year!

This year at our YLS event, we are looking to empower even more schools. We hope to see not only schools that have attended every year, but schools who have not attended consecutively or it’s their first time with us!

So, what are you waiting for? Register now for our 2017 Youth Leadership Seminar! We can promise you it will be an event you do not want to miss out on. If you’ve already registered, share it using #EmpoweredCincy17. See you on October 12th!

Are You Sparked For Now Trending?

We are still buzzing about the success of last year’s Youth Leadership Seminar (YLS)! Spark exceeded expectations with 100 schools and over 1,300 students in attendance.  But we know this year will be even better (you can relive all of the excitement from last year below)!

This year’s speakers will discuss how leaders break trends, follow their own trends and how a trending idea can help form and empower a community.  Our desire is that students will leave encouraged and empowered to define their leadership skills and make a difference in our Tri-State communities.

YLS 2015 will feature:

  • 5-7 Powerful Speakers From Our Very Own Tri-State Area
  • A Delicious Lunch From Chick-fil-A
  • Jamming with KJ-52
  • Break Out Session for Service Challenge Projects

We want this year’s YLS to be bigger and better than ever! So far these schools have registered:

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If your school is not on the list there is still time to sign up for YLS on our website and help redefine Now Trending!

Kristin Shaffer
Experience Intern
#NTCincy15

New Miami’s Candlelight Vigil: Doing Something Worth Remembering

On October 27th, New Miami High School dedicated their #AMFChallenge to Christian Benge and her family by hosting a Candlelight Vigil. Christian Benge, who was a student at New Miami High School, passed away on Friday, October 17th from an underlying heart condition. The high school created a truly amazing event to remember her and support the family. It is great to see that New Miami can create light during such a dark time.

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New Miami high school did a number of fundraisers within the school in order to raise enough money to help the family with expenses for a headstone and a tree they planted outside their school. It is through the generous acts that this school has done, that highlight the importance of coming together to get through a loss and bringing together a community.

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The point of the AMF Challenge is not who can raise the most money but who can make an impact on the community around them. That is just what New Miami is doing and it is wonderful to see a community come together during such a hard time.

Don’t forget to keep us up-to-date on how your AMF Challenge Project is going by following us on social media and hash-tagging AMFChallenge.

Caroline Wydysh

Events Intern

#AMFChallenge

 

Service Challenge Tour 2013

Ready for our AMF Team to visit your school?

YLS is over and Service Challenge projects have begun! I just finished reading over all the submitted projects that we received at the Seminar and you all have developed great ideas. Now it’s time to take the next step and see your service project in action!

Not only are you getting the chance to make an ever-lasting impact in your community by helping others that are in need of help, but you will also have the opportunity to be a part of our Service Challenge Tour! Want to know how? We here at AMF look over all the projects and then pick 5-10 schools we want to go visit this November thru March. During the Service Challenge Tour our Staff will take pictures and videos of the progress/outcome of your project. In addition, we will be accompanied by a special guests such as Anthony Muñoz, Speakers from YLS, or friends of AMF. Make sure your project stands out and makes an impact because if so, we will be seeing you this school year!

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Remember, while working on your Service Challenge projects we will be looking for schools that were able to make a lasting impact, have the most percentage of student participation, and are most creative. Now, let’s take this chance to get “Plugged In” to the community and make a difference. We are excited to see your projects!

If you are making a difference in your community comment below and let us know! We want to hear your stories and be able to share your experiences with others.

Megan Barger
Experience Intern