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Lucan, Ontario to host 2018 Kraft Hockeyville Game between Toronto and Ottawa on September 18

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

TORONTO/NEW YORK (April 19, 2018) – The 2018 Kraft Hockeyville-winning community Lucan, Ontario, will host the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators in a preseason ‘Battle of Ontario’ matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. The twelfth annual campaign received more than 9 million votes across the country, with the Lucan Community Memorial Centre receiving the highest number of votes as previously announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during Hockey Night in Canada on March 31, 2018.

 

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the Senators back and are excited to welcome the Maple Leafs who will be playing in a Kraft Hockeyville game for the first time,” said Joanna Milroy, Director of Portfolio Marketing at Kraft Heinz Canada.  “This will be a Kraft Hockeyville matchup Canadians will not forget!”

 

In addition to hosting the preseason matchup, Lucan, a southwestern Ontario town with a population of 4,500 residents, will experience a variety of programming within the community including NHL player and alumni visits, hockey clinics, and a pregame fan festival.

 

As previously announced, the Lucan Community Memorial Centre – a central hub for residents with structures nearly 70-years old – will receive $250,000 in arena upgrades. The arena, which supports boys and girls minor hockey and skating programs, will use the upgrade funding to replace arena seating, improve the locker rooms, and add a modern sound system.

 

“For the twelfth year, people across Canada continue to show the world the importance of local rinks in their community,” said Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Brand Officer and Executive Vice President. “The road to the NHL starts at community rinks in places just like Lucan, Ontario. Congratulations to every community that was nominated, and to every youth hockey player, coach, hockey parent, and volunteer that can continue to call these rinks home. The League is proud to support communities that rally around their arenas so future generations have a place to play.”

 

Lucan, Ontario will also receive $10,000 in equipment from NHLPA Goals & Dreams. The equipment donation will be distributed through the local organizing committee to a grassroots hockey program in the community to be used in the purchase of new equipment to help underserved youth play hockey. This donation continues the work of the players’ charitable initiative, which for more than 18 years has assisted grassroots hockey programs all around the world.

 

“Players relish the opportunity to skate and play at rinks like the Lucan Community Memorial Centre, as it takes them back to their own childhood hockey experiences,” said Sandra Monteiro, NHLPA Chief of Global Business Strategies. “The players from the Maple Leafs and Senators are excited to hit the ice for Kraft Hockeyville and showcase their Ontario rivalry for the passionate fans in Lucan.”

 

Kraft Hockeyville Canada is a partnership with Kraft Heinz, the National Hockey League (NHL®), and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) to support local rinks and community centres. Since its inception in 2006, Kraft Hockeyville has awarded more than $3.2 million to 77 communities across Canada and has celebrated 11 NHL preseason games in eight different provinces. Tickets to the preseason game are free and awarded to the winning community. Details on how to get tickets will be provided to the community closer to game day. For more information, visit krafthockeyville.ca.

 


Kings’ Doughty, Lightning’s Hedman, Predators’ Subban named NHL finalists for Norris Trophy

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Drew Doughty skating in black uniform 2016 photo By mark6mauno - https www.flickr.com photos mark6mauno, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Victor Hedman 2014 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_7804, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

P.K. Subban 2017 photo Michael Miller - Own work via wikipedia commons

NEW YORK (April 19, 2018) – Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the 2017-18 James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position,” the National Hockey League announced today.

 

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Norris Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

 

Following are the finalists for the Norris Trophy, in alphabetical order:

 

Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Doughty paced the NHL in total time on ice (2,200:31) and average time on ice (26:50) while anchoring a Los Angeles defense that allowed a League-low 203 goals. He also set a career high and ranked seventh among NHL defensemen with 10-50—60, becoming the first Kings blueliner to collect 60 points since 2005-06 (Lubomir Visnovsky: 17-50—67). Doughty – who appeared in all 82 games for the fourth straight season – reached a trio of career milestones, picking up his 100th goal Jan. 30 and 300th assist and 400th point Feb. 7 (102-320—422 in 770 GP). Only one defenseman has registered more goals, assists or points for Los Angeles: Rob Blake (161‑333—494 in 805 GP). The 28-year-old London, Ont., native is a Norris Trophy finalist for the fourth time after winning the award in 2015-16, finishing second in voting in 2014-15 and placing third in 2009-10.

 

Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Hedman shared first place among NHL defensemen with a career-high 17 goals, tied for the second-most in one season by a Lightning blueliner (behind Dan Boyle: 20 in 2006-07). He also ranked fifth among League defensemen with 63 points, becoming the first blueliner in team history to top 60 points in multiple campaigns (16‑56—72 in 2016-17). Hedman established a career high with a +32 rating, ranking sixth in the League and second among defensemen, and also set personal bests in time on ice per game (25:51) and total time on ice (1,990:30), placing fifth and ninth overall, respectively. The 27-year-old Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native is a Norris Trophy finalist for the second straight season after finishing third in voting in 2016-17. He is vying to become the first player in Tampa Bay history to win the award.

 

P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators

Subban powered a Predators defense that led the NHL in goals (56) and points (206) in 2017-18. He set a career high and shared fourth place among League blueliners with 16 goals. Subban also ranked eighth among NHL defensemen with 59 points, one shy of his personal best established in 2014-15 (15-45—60 w/ MTL). The 28-year-old Toronto, Ont., native – who collected 11-19—30 in 31 outings from Dec. 13 – Feb. 22 – played in all 82 games for the third time in his career (also 2013-14 and 2014-15), placing 11th in the League in total time on ice (1,977:24) while registering a +18 rating. Subban is seeking his second career Norris Trophy following his win in 2012-13 (w/ MTL). A finalist for the third time, he also is aiming to become the first player in Nashville history to capture the award.

 

History

The James Norris Memorial Trophy was presented in 1953 by the four children of the late James Norris in memory of the former owner-president of the Detroit Red Wings.

 

Announcement Schedule

The three finalists for NHL Trophies are being announced by NBC Sports in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA Sports in Canada during pregame programming for the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Monday, April 30. The series of announcements continues on Friday, April 20, when the three finalists for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy will be unveiled.

 

2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu

The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots as well as concerts and special events. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

 

A full lineup of presenters and entertainment will be announced at a later date. Fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.


NHL announces finalists for Selke Award: Bruins’ Bergeron, Flyers’ Couturier, Kings’ Kopitar

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Patrice Bergeron in action 2014 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_4353, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Sean Courturier on ice 2012 photo By Michael Miller - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Anze Kopitar on ice 2015 By Kyle Geib - https www.flickr.com, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

NEW YORK (April 18, 2018) – Centers Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, Sean Couturier of the Philadelphia Flyers and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” the National Hockey League announced today.

 

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Selke Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

 

Following are the finalists for the Selke Trophy, in alphabetical order:

 

Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Bergeron placed sixth in the NHL in face-off win percentage (57.3%, min: 750) and was a League-best 58.3% while shorthanded (min: 50). Bergeron also ranked first among NHL forwards in the individual puck possession metric SAT% (shot attempts percentage – min. 50 GP), as Boston registered 57.6% of all shot attempts when Bergeron was on the ice while each team had five skaters per side. The 14th-year Bruin has four career Selke wins, tied for the all-time lead with Montreal Canadiens forward Bob Gainey, who took home the prize in each of the first four years it was presented from 1978 through 1981. Bergeron is a finalist for a record seventh consecutive year, surpassing the six-year streak of Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk from 2008 through 2013.

 

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

Couturier tied for third place in the NHL in plus-minus with a +34 rating, the best by a Philadelphia player since John LeClair (+36) and Eric Lindros (+35) in 1998-99. Among forwards, he ranked second League-wide in total ice time (1,770:31) and third in average ice time per game (21:35). He logged an average of 1:53 in shorthanded ice time per game, nearly 50% more than the next Flyers forward. Couturier topped Philadelphia in puck possession with a shot attempts percentage of 53.2% (min. 50 GP) and ranked second on the team in face-off win percentage (52.8%, 529 of 1,001). The first-time Selke finalist is vying to become the first Flyer to capture the award since Dave Poulin in 1987 and third winner in franchise history (also Bobby Clarke, 1983).

 

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,810:58), an average of 22:05 per game, on the club that led the League in team defense, allowing an average of 2.46 goals a contest. He topped Los Angeles forwards in shorthanded ice time (2:10 per game) on the NHL’s top-ranked penalty-killing unit (85.0%). The 12th-year King ranked third League-wide in total face-offs and face-off wins with 1,816 and 983, respectively, setting career highs in both categories. He took 37% of his team’s face-offs, the third-highest percentage in the NHL, and his face-off win rate of 54.1% led the Kings and also marked a career best. Kopitar is a Selke finalist for the fourth time in five seasons; he placed second in 2014, third in 2015 and captured the award for the first time in 2016.

 

History

The trophy was presented in 1977 by the National Hockey League Board of Governors in honor of Frank J. Selke, one of the great architects of Montreal and Toronto championship teams.

 

Announcement Schedule

The three finalists for NHL Trophies are being announced by NBC Sports in the United States and Sportsnet/TVA Sports in Canada during pregame programming for the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Monday, April 30. The series of announcements continues on Thursday, April 19, when the three finalists for the Norris Trophy will be unveiled.

 

2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu

The 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu will be held Wednesday, June 20, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue. It marks the second year that the NHL Awards™ will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, home to world-class entertainment, dining and party hotspots as well as concerts and special events. NBCSN and Sportsnet will broadcast the event live in the United States and Canada, respectively, at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

 

A full lineup of presenters and entertainment will be announced at a later date. Fans can tweet about the event using the official hashtag #NHLAwards.

 

Several special guests to announce 2018 NFL Draft picks

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Catherine Boyle, NFL;  Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL; NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

Service Members, St. Jude Patient and

Youth Athletes Participate in Draft Celebrations

Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Team Winners

and NFL Legends Recognized During Multiple Rounds

The NFL will honor outstanding members of the community throughout the three-day celebration at the 2018 NFL Draft. Special guests will take part in the excitement of the Draft by announcing various picks and participating in festivities in Dallas.

Salute to Service

The NFL will honor and welcome active duty service members, veterans and their families at events throughout Draft Week.

On Thursday, April 26 a joint color guard from Joint Base Naval Air Station in Fort Worth will join talent on-stage during the National Anthem to open the Draft.

On Friday, April 27, the NFL will continue to honor our Nation’s heroes in unique ways, including military appreciation moments during Rounds 2 and 3.

During Round 2 the NFL will team with the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) to honor Army Capt. ELLERY RAY WALLACE, a Texas native, who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. Wallace’s wife and four children will accompany Cowboys Legend BOB LILLY on-stage to announce the Cowboys’ Round 2 pick.

In addition, the NFL is teaming with the USO, TAPS and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) to host active duty service members from all five branches of the military and veterans as guests at the Draft for all three days.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude patient AUSTIN will join COMMISSIONER GOODELL onstage at AT&T Stadium to announce the Denver Broncos’ Round 1 pick on Thursday, April 26. This week, Austin, Broncos’ fan, joined NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute” to break the news and analyze the team’s Draft needs – watch here.

An aspiring NFL broadcaster, Austin, 17, from New Mexico, was diagnosed with oligoastrocytoma, a rare form of cancer, at the age of two and has been in remission since 2007. Today, as a junior in high school, Austin is an announcer for a sports radio show in his hometown and is an on-air personality and prep sports statistician for local ESPN radio in New Mexico.

NFL PLAY 60 is the “official champion of play” at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to give all kids the chance to PLAY 60 and lead active and healthy lives. Earlier this year, during the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network host RICH EISEN ran the 14th annual ‘Run Rich Run’ 40-yard dash to benefit the NFL PLAY 60 relationship with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Youth and High School Football

ROUND 1

Football captains from six Arlington ISD schools will take the stage alongside COMMISSIONER GOODELL and represent the Dallas Cowboys during their Round 1 pick.

Below is the list of high schools whose football players will be represented:

  • Arlington High School
  • Bowie High School
  • Juan Seguin High School
  • Lamar High School
  • Martin High School
  • Sam Houston High School

ROUND 6

Round 6 of the NFL Draft will be Play Football-themed and celebrate youth and high school football participants across the country. Youth football players from NFL FLAG and local youth and high school football have been selected by NFL Clubs to announce Round 6 picks from various locations throughout the country.

ROUND 7

Fuel Up to Play 60 Draft Student Ambassador, TRINITY WILLIAMS, will be recognized on-stage during the Cowboys’ Round 7 selection.

NFL Legends and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Recognition

Thirty-two NFL Legends, one representing each team, will be featured in Round 2. Eleven Pro Football Hall of Fame members will announce picks: JIM BROWNWILLIE BROWN, JERRY KRAMER, WILLIE LANIER, BOB LILLY, ANDRE REED, MIKE SINGLETARY, DWIGHT STEPHENSON, LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, AENEAS WILLIAMS and ROD WOODSON.

Round 3 Draft announcements will feature past recipients and team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide.

The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and represents the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact.

Below is the list of former players scheduled to make selections in Round 2, as well as Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year national and team winners announcing Round 3 picks.

**Bold designates Hall of Famers

**Teams selected players to be honored regardless of whether the team possesses a Round 2 or Round 3 pick.

Team Round 2 Round 3
Arizona Cardinals Aeneas Williams Deuce Lutui
Atlanta Falcons Michael Vick Ben Garland
Baltimore Ravens Todd Heap Edwin Mulitalo
Buffalo Bills Andre Reed Fred Jackson
Carolina Panthers Jordan Gross Jason Baker
Chicago Bears Mike Singletary Charles Tillman
Cincinnati Bengals T.J. Houshmandzadeh Michael Johnson
Cleveland Browns Jim Brown Randall Telfer
Dallas Cowboys Bob Lilly Travis Frederick
Denver Broncos Steve Atwater Ed McCaffrey
Detroit Lions Nate Burleson Stephen Tulloch
Green Bay Packers Jerry Kramer Brad Jones
Houston Texans Kevin Walter Kris Brown
Indianapolis Colts Joseph Addai Gary Brackett
Jacksonville Jaguars Mark Brunell Brad Meester
Kansas City Chiefs Priest Holmes Willie Lanier
Los Angeles Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson Darrell Stuckey
Los Angeles Rams Henry Ellard Rodger Saffold
Miami Dolphins Dwight Stephenson Reshad Jones
Minnesota Vikings Keith Millard Robert Griffith
New England Patriots Deion Branch Ty Warren
New Orleans Saints Marques Colston Roman Harper
New York Giants Justin Tuck Chris Canty
New York Jets Laveranues Coles Quincy Enunwa
Oakland Raiders Willie Brown Bruce Irvin
Philadelphia Eagles David Akers Harold Carmichael
Pittsburgh Steelers Rod Woodson Max Starks
San Francisco 49ers Merton Hanks Nate Clements
Seattle Seahawks Mack Strong Mack Strong
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronde Barber To Be Confirmed
Tennessee Titans Vince Young Wesley Woodyard
Washington Redskins Gary Clark Darrel Young

 

Fuel Up to Play 60

TRINITY WILLIAMS, a student at Frisco Heritage High School, will serve as the Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) Student Reporter at the 2018 NFL Draft. As part of her experience, Williams will announce a Round 7 Draft pick on-stage at AT&T Stadium.

Day 3 Pick Announcements

As previously announced, NFL teams will announce their Day 3 selections for Rounds 4 to 6 of the 2018 NFL Draft from special locations of their choosing. Featuring special guests, clubs will make their picks from around the world, including military bases, state landmarks, and major attractions.

Here is a sampling of special team announcements during Day 3 of the NFL Draft:

  • BALTIMORE RAVENS: Former Raven and Hall of Fame Offensive Tackle JONATHAN ODGEN and HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ALL-STARS will make selections from the USS CONSTELLATION.
  • BUFFALO BILLS: Bills Legend THURMAN THOMAS and BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS COLLABORATIVE OF WESTERN NEW YORK (WNY) NFL FLAG FOOTBALL PROGRAM will announce picks from NIAGARA FALLS.
  • CLEVELAND BROWNS: Pro Football Hall of Fame President DAVID BAKER and youth football players will make selections from the PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME.
  • JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: Team defensive linemen CALAIS CAMPBELL and YANNICK NGAKOUE will join Jaguars sweepstakes winners to announce Round 4 and 5 picks from LONDON. Back in Jacksonville, players from the JAGUARS’ 2018 GIRLS FLAG FOOTBALL JAMBOREE will announce the team’s 6th Round Pick.
  • KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: FORT RILEY CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICE TEAMS will announce selections from FORT RILEY MILITARY BASE.
  • LOS ANGELES CHARGERS & LOS ANGELES RAMS: Pick announcements for both teams will occur at the construction site for the LA STADIUM AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT AT HOLLYWOOD PARK. In addition, 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year ROBERT GARRETT will announce the Chargers’ Round 6 pick.
  • MIAMI DOLPHINS: The MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM will announce picks with the FAMILY OF SLAIN FOOTBALL COACH AARON FEIS from the DOLPHINS TRAINING FACILITY.
  • MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Members of the 2018 U.S. MEN’S OLYMPIC CURLING TEAM – the first ever U.S. curling gold medalists – will announce picks at the ST. PAUL CURLING CLUB.
  • NEW YORK JETS: BOOMER ESIASON and HIGH SCHOOL ALL-STAR GAME PLAYERS will make picks from THE INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM.
  • OAKLAND RAIDERS: YOUTH AND HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS from Las Vegas will make selections from NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE.
  • PITTSBURGH STEELERS: UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN AND BRONZE STAR RECIPIENT JOHN KELLY will make a pick announcement from Heinz Field along with his SERVICE DOG RANGER.
  • SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: From LUCASFILM, RON HOWARD, CHEWBACCA, STORMTROOPERS, and R2-D2 will make picks along with the SFPAL’S 49ERS PREP FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM.
  • TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: PARROT will deliver the team’s selection to a pick announcer at the PIRATE SHIP IN RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM.
  • TENNESSEE TITANS: Members of the TENNESSEE YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE to make picks from the GRAND OLE OPRY music stage.

 


Nationwide Insurance to debut new TV commercial for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; Jarrett Dunbar, Nationwide; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

(file photo)

 

“Goals” will air during television coverage of the 2018 NFL Draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In continuing the company’s commitment to supporting philanthropic efforts across the country, Nationwide will debut a new television commercial to raise awareness of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award“Goals” will make its television debut on Thursday, April 26 during first-round coverage of the 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft on NFL Network, Fox and ESPN.

“Goals” depicts a young NFL fan who has aspirations of playing in the league. While he dreams of becoming a great football player, he also expresses his desire to do good in his community and one day be named NFL Man of the Year. “Goals” is the first commercial developed by an NFL corporate partner dedicated to promoting the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

“When Nationwide chose to be the presenting sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award in 2014, we made a promise to the league, teams, players and the Payton family that we would use our resources and creativity to help amplify the players’ great work in their communities,” said Nationwide’s Chief Marketing Officer Terrance Williams. “Nationwide’s intention with ‘Goals’ is to reinforce the idea of serving others and to shine a spotlight on the heartfelt, charitable efforts initiated by so many players.”

Named for the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award honors a player’s outstanding community service activities off the field as well as excellence on the field. More information about the 2017 nominees, finalists and winner can be found at www.nfl.com/manoftheyear.

“We are proud to have Nationwide’s support our Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award and highlight the tremendous amount of positive work our players do in communities across the country,” said Renie Anderson, Senior Vice President, NFL Partnerships, Sponsorship and Consumer Products. “We’re thrilled with the ‘Goals’ spot and love the message it sends to our fans, especially our younger ones, about the importance of all the charitable works their heroes do off the field.”

“Goals” is the latest in a series of Nationwide activations to support and promote the award. Since forming this partnership with the NFL, Nationwide has donated nearly $1 million to the various foundations and charitable organizations represented by NFL players and provided the players a national platform in which to share their foundations’ stories.

“As a valued presenting sponsor of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, Nationwide continues to be a strong advocate in promoting the goodness in the hearts of our NFL players,” said Connie Payton, co-founder of the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. “Nationwide’s introduction of ‘Goals’ brings to the forefront the multi-dimensional aspects of men who are not only great football players, but ones who contribute to others and for causes beyond themselves. I am proud to be part of the Nationwide family.”

30-second and 60-second versions of “Goals” will air throughout the NFL Draft from Thursday to Sunday.

About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; excess & surplus, specialty and surety; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com.

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