Els named finalists for U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame award

| March 16, 2015

Lydia ElsCANTON – The U.S. Army and the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 20 high-school athlete finalists for the U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence and included on the list is Lydia Els from River View High School.

The program highlights the achievements of student-athletes across the country.

The Award for Excellence program, which is open to all sophomore, junior and senior level high school athletes in the United States, focuses on athletic achievement combined with excellence in academics and community engagement.

The 20 finalists for the Award for Excellence will be recognized with a formal ceremony at their schools this spring.

Each of U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence finalists will be honored in Canton during the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend. The finalists and one guest will be hosted at a special luncheon on the afternoon of the enshrinement on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the Hall of Fame’s Event Center. The 2015 Award for Excellence winner will be announced at the event.

All 20 finalists and guests will attend the 2015 enshrinement ceremony that evening at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The Class of 2015 – Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff and Ron Wolf – will be formally enshrined during the emotional ceremony that is televised nationally on ESPN and NFL Network. The finalists and winner will receive special national recognition during the telecast. The weekend celebration will be capped off when the Award for Excellence finalists and their guests attend the NFL’s preseason opener. The Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers battle in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 9. The preseason classic is televised on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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