Ryan Neill with Lee Rouson, former NY Giant Superbowl Champ
Holmdel: A very special group of student-athletes, parents, grandparents and friends were on hand at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on Tuesday night. It was the annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes NJ HOME TEAM BANQUET.
The keynote speaker was Ken Hatfield, named to the FCA Hall of Fame in 2010. He spent many years coaching college football with an impressive record. He spoke about football and the FCA, the reason everyone was gathered for the banquet.
There was a special performance and testimony by Tanya Crevier, professional basketball handler and motivational speaker, Word on the Shore got a sneak preview of her ball handling skills. Check out the pictures.
Each high school senior nominated for either the Ruth Buckley or Sam Mills Award is responsible for submitting a short essay explaining how Jesus Christ impacted his or her life as a high school student. A number of the nominees were from area high schools, Carla Beuthe from Monmouth Regional HS, Chelsey Henderson, Shore Regional HS, Kerry Lang, Red Bank Regional HS, Anthony Caruso, Ocean Twp. HS, Clark Halpern, Shore Regional HS, and Michael Scagnelli, Ocean Twp. HS.
On hand were Keith Elias, a former NY Giant and Lee Rouson, who played under Coach Bill Parcells and earned two World Championship Super Bowl rings. Rouson presented the Sam Mills Award; Sam was a graduate of Long Branch HS, became a stand-out player at Montclair State University and played 12 seasons in the NFL. The award is given to a FCA senior boy who demonstrates the commitment, courage and perseverance of Sam Mills.
Mr. Charlie Buckley and family presented the Ruth Buckley award to a FCA senior girl who best demonstrated Passion, Purpose and Dedication in the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The FCA Huddle Coach of the Year Award was given to Bruce and Karen Koczman; they lead a Huddle of Home Schooled students in Middletown. The 18th Annual Sam Mills Award was given to Michael Venditto, from Immaculata HS and the 12th Annual Ruth Buckley Award was given to Juliana Lubbe from North Hunterdon HS. Both Michael and Juliana will also receive the William H. Ward Scholarship.