Keith Jensen has been actively involved in helping change the lives of young athletes across Colorado for a long time. the past eight years now, Keith Jensen has been the President and CEO of the Colorado National Football Foundation. This foundation consists of former professional and college athletes, college coaches, and community leaders who have enjoyed seeing the success of these students achieve in all aspects of their young lives. Those honored are rewarded for their success not only on the field but who have excelled in academics and have taken a leadership role in their community. These athletes have paid it forward in helping the lives of those around them.
Monday's scholarship awards banquet honored eleven young men. The National Football Foundation and College Hall Of Fame was held at the Denver West Marriott in Golden Colorado.
Honored for their achievements were:
Jordan Anderson -Ralston Valley High School
Austin Beane - Rock Canyon High School
Conner Beard - Hotchkiss High School
Kyler Beasley-Rose - Grand Junction High School
Conor Brady - J.K. Mullen High School
Chad David - Horizon High School
Zack Golditch - Gateway High School
Derion Ibarra - Pueblo East High School
Xavier Lewis - Eaglecrest High Scool
Ryan Moeller - Rifle High School
J.T. Pisel - Deer Trail High School
Zack Golditch also is a recipient of the "Gold 16 Award" which in fact is named after him. Zack was a survivor of the Century 16Theater shooting.
Mike MacIntyre - new Head Coach for CU football was the special guest speaker. He opened the night by telling a story of his first play that he ever did while on national television. He was on defense and had a one on one with the opposing offensive player. He knew he had to hit this player hard. Mike jumped since the player had him outsized by several inches. After the play, Mike could not see. As time goes on and he is laying there, the offensive player says "MacIntyre, get up and turn your helmet around. You are embarrassing us on national television".
So good or bad you will be remembered in how you live your life. Mike MacIntyre is a great man and has his work cut out for him. But he will survive. These young athletes will also be remembered in the many great ways they have contributed to life.
As Derion Ibarra said in his speech, "It doesn't matter if we perform well on the field, it matters how we achieve our academic goals in life. Yes we were stars on the field, but it will be more important for us to be stars in our communities and in life".
Keith Jensen and the National Football Foundation did another amazing job at honoring athletes. Looking forward to next years group of elite athletes and the achievements they succeed in life with