It has been nearly two months since Case Western Reserve University football player Santo Maimone (Eastlake, OH) played his last football game for the Spartans yet he is still racking up awards.
Maimone, who had both an impressive athletic and academic career at Case, has been selected as the men's NCAA Division III recipient of the Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete Award.
"Any award that Santo has already received or will get in the future is well deserved," explained Case head football coach Greg Debeljak. "He works extremely hard at everything he does and it's only fitting he is recognized for it."
The honor is presented to one male and one female athlete in each of the three NCAA divisions. The award is sponsored by the Ohio State University and Northwest Sertoma Club and will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, January 27 in Columbus, Ohio.
Santo and the rest of the winners will spend Friday morning in Columbus visiting local centers for speech and hearing (Early Childhood League), cancer and early childhood (The Arthur James Comprehensive Cancer Center).
"It's a true honor and maybe even a little sweeter due to the fact I am an Ohioan and this award honors one of its sports legends," said Maimone. "I'm also looking forward to the community service work we will be doing that day in Columbus."
Maimone, a senior captain of the Spartan football team, finished his four-year career on the gridiron with numerous accolades this season. This past fall he was named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American first team and was also a National Football Foundation (NFF) Scholar-Athlete award recipient and one of 16 finalists for the Draddy Award, known as the "Academic Heisman."
In the conference, Maimone was named All-University Athletic Association (UAA) first team as both a defensive back and as a kick off and punt returner. He finished the year ranked 23rd in Division III in punt returns and 30th in kick returns, which earned him the UAA special teams player of the year award. He also received UAA All-Academic honors for the third consecutive year.
Majoring in both anthropology and chemistry, Maimone currently maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and is active in the community as a DARE Role Model, a donation organizer for the "Give Kids the World" charity and a volunteer for the Childtime Daycare Center at Lake West Hospital.
ONE MORE … Late yesterday, Maimone was named to the 2005 Football Gazette's All-North Region third team as a kick returner. He finished the year ranked 23rd in Division III in punt returns (13.0 avg.) and 30th in kick returns (24.9 avg.).
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