MINNEAPOLIS, MN - March 12, 2018 - The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation is pleased to announce Blooming Prairie High School student Mitchell Oswald as a 2018 Scholar Athlete. Oswald and the other winners, chosen for academic excellence, leadership and community involvement, will be recognized at the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
“Mitchell’s success in school and athletics does not happen by chance,” Awesome Blossoms coach Chad Gimbel said. “It happens because of the hard work, focus and dedication he has towards his goals. As good of a student and athlete Mitchell is, he is an even better person. It starts with his personality. He has a great sense of humor, bringing smiles to everybody he touches on a daily basis. If you ever meet Mitchell you would quickly notice he is not your typical teenage kid. He doesn’t get wrapped up in social media. His phone is not his most prized possession. He doesn’t care about social status. He is true to himself. He cares about family, friends and his faith. The highest praise I can give is that I truly hope my boys grow up to have the morals, respect, consideration and work ethic of Mitchell Oswald.”
Oswald is a two-time all-district lineman who was selected to the Minnesota All-Star Showcase on the defensive side of the ball. Chosen as the South’s captain in that game, he was also the Awesome Blossoms’ captain and earned AP All-State Second Team honors. Oswald was a standout wrestler for Blooming Prairie, winning two section titles.
For his combined athletic and academic efforts, Oswald earned Academic All-State recognition. He ranks first in his class and has multiple Academic All-District honors in football and wrestling and was inducted into the Minnesota Honor Society. Oswald plans to study crops and soils science with agriculture engineering technology at UW-River Falls.
Oswald’s community involvement includes mission trips with his church youth group, a toy drive and farm safety days through FFA, Habitat for Humanity home repair and more.
The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation will host the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Presented by the Minnesota Vikings, it is the state’s largest football awards event. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the 4 p.m. event, which is open to the public. Tickets are on sale now. For additional information, please visit www.minnesotafootballhonors.com.
About the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation:
The Minnesota Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive spirit and academic excellence in Minnesota’s young people. The MN Chapter recognizes legendary football icons, college football Hall of Famers and Minnesota’s top high school and college football scholar athletes. For more information, visit www.nffmn.org, Facebook or Twitter.
Lindsay Lommel, Event Manager
MN Chapter of The National Football Foundation
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