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Dec. 3, 2002

Cleveland, Ohio — The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Foundation is providing a special scholarship grant to one member of each team that participated in the 2002 Kickoff Classic and Pigskin Classic, the two NACDA-sponsored preseason football games. NACDA President Joe Castiglione, athletics director at the University of Oklahoma, made the announcement today.

Four $5,000 grants, a total of $20,000, are awarded annually to a varsity football letterwinner from each team. The student-athlete must be in his final year of eligibility and carry a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. NACDA’s charitable arm, the NACDA Foundation, provides the scholarship funding for use in postgraduate study.

“Each university may select a worthy student-athlete for these scholarships,” says Castiglione. “The student does not need to be a star or a starter. This furthers the NACDA Foundation’s commitment to providing advanced educational opportunities.”

In 2002, Ohio State University defeated Texas Tech University, 45-21, in Pigskin Classic XIII, while the University of Notre Dame stopped the University of Maryland, 22-0, in Kickoff Classic XX.

Winners of the 2002 scholarship grants are:

Name School Position GPA Major
Eric Bartee Texas Tech Deep Snapper 3.55 Exercise & Sports Science
John Crowther Notre Dame Center 3.70 Finance
Andy Groom Ohio State Punter 3.10 Marketing
Todd Wike Maryland Center, Guard 3.40 Philosophy

Eric Bartee graduated cum laude from Texas Tech in August and is currently working on his MBA. A two-time member of the All-Big 12 Academic Team (2001, 2002), Bartee was also on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the school’s Dean’s List and President’s List every semester. Bartee is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Student-Athlete Advisory Board and the Speaker’s Bureau.

A three-year letterwinner and a member of the 2001 Fiesta Bowl team, John Crowther graduated from Notre Dame in May and is currently enrolled in the MBA program. Named to the Academic All-American District 5 team, Crowther was on the school’s Dean’s List in seven of eight semesters. He received the 2001 Knute Rockne Scholar-Athlete Award in 2000 and the State Farm/Westwood One Student-Athlete of the Year Award. He assists with the department’s Kids Pediatric Oncology Christmas party, participates in the “Tackle the Arts” reading program and serves as a celebrity reader in the local elementary schools.

Ohio State’s Andy Groom led the Big Ten Conference in 2002 and was third nationally in punting average with 44.6 yards per kick. He was named first-team All-Big Ten and was the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week three times. He had a career-long punt of 74 yards at Wisconsin, where he averaged 50.2 yards per kick on six attempts (the third best single-game performance in OSU history). He will graduate in April with a degree in marketing.

A four-year starter and letterwinner, Todd Wike graduated from Maryland in May with a degree in philosophy and is currently pursing a second degree in criminology and criminal justice. He was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2001 and was Academic All-ACC and Academic All-District in 1999 and 2001. A Maryland scholar-athlete ever semester, Wike received the George Boutselis Memorial Award in 2001 as the letterwinner with the highest GPA. He was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council in 2000 and 2001. A 2002 preseason All-American, Wike is a candidate for the 2002 Outland and Lombardi Awards The NACDA Foundation, founded in 1982, sponsors internship opportunities for aspiring athletics administrators at NACDA’s national office. It also provides educational opportunities for NACDA members through a variety of workshops, clinics and seminars. The Foundation has awarded more than $10 million in scholarships since its inception.

Funding for the Foundation comes from the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics, whose proceeds also help fund the National Football Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association. These two games annually generate $420,000 in scholarships.