“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
Lott IMPACT Trophy Luncheon A Huge Success
- Updated: April 23, 2015
NEWPORT BEACH, Ca. – Ronnie Lott called it amazing, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame called it important and nearly 200 men and women heard the outstanding list of nominees for the 12th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy announced at a Pacific Club luncheon April 17.
“It’s amazing how much money we have raised (nearly $1.2 million) and how much good work has been done by so many people,” said Lott, the All-Pro and Hall of Famer from the San Francisco 49ers whose name rings loud and proud on the trophy.
“I am equally proud of the fact that we have raised so much money for a variety of charities, including universities, and the fact that the players we have honored over these past 11 years have made significant impacts in their communities as well as on the field in the NFL,” said Lott to an appreciative audience. Dave Baker, the president of the Hall of Fame, was interviewed by emcee Joel Klatt – National College Football analyst from FOX Sports. Baker, a former All-American basketball player at nearby UC Irvine, said the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit unusual character, a criteria for consideration for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. “I have been extremely impressed by these men, what they stand for and how willing they are to help in any way they can,” said Baker.
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation also announced donations to several charities on hand including:
California Showcase (a high school players evaluation showcase for Division II, III and NAIA scholarships and grants).
Seven Stars Program (camps and services for families of military personnel killed in the line of duty).
Helmet IMPACT Safety Program (outfitting high schoolers with refurbished helmets and teaching athletic trainers proper fitting protocols).
IMPACT Leadership Academy and Legacy Leadership Program – programs funded and developed by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation to cultivate leadership practices among local middle and high school students.
The annual luncheon was attended by dignitaries from the football world including legendary coaches John Robinson of USC and Terry Donahue of UCLA. Also in attendance were Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary, four-time Super Bowl champion Jesse Sapolu, former USC standout John Jackson, college football Hall of Famer Darrin Nelson from Stanford, and UCLA All-American Kermit Alexander.
The breakdown of the 2015 Watch List: 10 defensive linemen; 16 linebackers; 16 defensive backs. By conference: Big Ten, 10; Pac-12, 8; Big-12, 7; ACC, 7; SEC 5; Mountain West, 1; Independents, 4.
There are also six players on the Watch List from a year ago – Kelby Brown of Duke, Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State, Vernon Hargreaves of Florida, Karl Joseph of West Virginia, Jaylon Smith of Notre Dame and Eric Striker of Oklahoma. The criteria for selecting student-athletes for the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List and subsequently the finalists and eventually the overall winner, is based on both athletic ability and character attributes.
Character transcends the on-the-field accomplishments of the players. The acronym for IMPACT is Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. The nominees are considered for their academic standing at their university, their community contributions, their leadership skills and their overall character. Past winners of the Lott IMPACT Trophy have exhibited these characteristics, ones that were and are displayed by Ronnie Lott and embraced by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, founders and partners of the event: Mercedes-Benz, Fox Sports, United Airlines, Springleaf Financial and the Pacific Club.
The 12th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Banquet will be held Dec. 13 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Ca.
Click here to view The Lott IMPACT Trophy 42 Player Watch List