NV students honored by Ealey Foundation

Two Northview students earned recognition in the Chuck Ealey Foundation 2016 Undefeated Spirit Scholarships on April 10 at The University of Toledo’s Driscoll Alumni Center. The awards are given in two areas: athletic and non-athletics. Mitchell Lyons won the top honors, earning a $500 scholarship. Blake Oates was one of four students earning a $125 scholarship. Ten other scholarships were presented to athlete scholars.

L-R: Scottie Seymour, Football - Springfield; Chuck Ealey, Tyra James, Basketball - Whitmer Basketball and Mitchell Lyons, Northview - non-athletic award winner. Not pictured, Blake Oates, Northview student.
L-R: Scottie Seymour, Football – Springfield; Chuck Ealey, Tyra James, Basketball – Whitmer Basketball and Mitchell Lyons, Northview – non-athletic award winner. Not pictured, Blake Oates, Northview student.

Through his Undefeated Spirit Foundation, former University of Toledo and CFL football star Chuck Ealey gave back to the community by providing 15 scholarships ranging from $125 to $500 to area high school seniors. Ten athletes – five football players and five girls’ basketball/softball players – were selected as finalists based on the following criteria:

1) An undefeated spirit-inspiring drive and leadership with their teammates, campus, community and or youth;

2) Strong family values with strong family support – encouraging and supporting parent/family structure behind the athlete;

3) Strong focus on education and community/campus involvement – good grades and extracurricular activities.

Ealey also partnered with Leadership Toledo to encourage all area high school seniors to share with him their “Undefeated Spirit” stories through a 500-word essay contest. In 2016, over 70 students from more than 14 area high schools entered the “Undefeated Spirit” essay contest.