Dear Dream Makers and Friends,
We are excited and honored that the NFL announced on Wednesday the list of 32 player nominees for the 2018 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award and our very own Rhett Ellison is the Giants’ nominee.
The award is presented each year to a player who best demonstrates the qualities of on-field sportsmanship, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and integrity in competition.
“It’s definitely an honor to be the Giants’ nominee for the Rooney Sportsmanship Award, especially when you look at the names of the guys that have won this award,” Ellison said. “It’s definitely a good group to be nominated…When I’m on the field, I’m trying to do whatever I can for the guy next to me, and I’m not trying to hurt the other guy. But my focus is on protecting the guy next to me on game days.”
It is this very character core impact that we teach, coach, mentor, and guide our youth and one that Rhett was able to impart on our first YIP program at USC as he was and is a mentor and role model for our YIP youth ever since 2006.
It is a Validation of winners associating with winners to win and we at YIP are extremely proud and congratulate Rhett on this tremendous and well-deserved nomination.