Tuesday, October 08, 2002

Good News: NFL award to honor volunteers

        Hey, that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback thing is really heating up.

        It has narrowed to 10 finalists, including an attorney who is blind.

        Well, these aren't the football-throwing quarterbacks - or at least not the kind who try to throw footballs for the Bengals.

        They are the Bengals' finalists in the National Football League's Community Quarterback Award, a league-wide volunteer recognition program that will donate $1 million to community organizations.

        “It is a great honor just to be nominated,” said attorney James Douglas Armstrong, chairman of the board of trustees of the Victory Neighborhood Services Agency Inc., which he is representing.

        Mr. Armstrong also chairs the board of trustees at the Clovernook Center - Opportunities for the Blind, North College Hill.

        “This is the kind of recognition that I would not have given myself, but it is good that others recognize you. When people volunteer to do things, they are not looking for any awards. They do it because they like it.”

        Mr. Armstrong, of Union Township in Clermont County, is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

        Robert S. Edwards, an insurance agent who formerly chaired the board of trustees at the FreeStore/FoodBank, said he was honored to be chosen, but hopes he doesn't have to play because “my playing days have been over long years ago.”

        He is representing the FreeStore/FoodBank. “I think the program is a great idea and I am glad to be a part of it,” he said.

        Other finalists are: Brian Brockhoff, representing Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati; Edward D. Diller, Family Services; Gini Haffner, Mental Health Association of Cincinnati; Elizabeth Herald, Brighton Center Inc.; Nancy Hollenkamp, Aubrey Rose Hollenkamp Children's Trust; Robert Napier, Boone County Pee Wee Football League; Barbara C. Rabkin, Jewish Family Services, and Patricia Stewart, The Salvation Army.

        Each of the 10 finalists will receive $1,000 for their charity. A community winner and two runners-up will be announced at a luncheon at noon Oct. 22 in the Touchdown Room of the Bengals administrative offices at Paul Brown Stadium.

        The Community Quarterback winner will receive $10,000 for the charity and the two runners-up will receive $2,500.

        The winner will compete for the national Community Quarterback Award with 31 other team winners in December. The national winner receives $25,000 for charity.

        Teen read week is Oct. 13-19.

        The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has invited comic book artists and a computer animator to present programs for teens at several library branches.

        For information: 369-6900.

        Allen Howard's “Some Good News” column runs Sunday-Friday. If you have suggestions about outstanding achievements or people who are uplifting to the Tristate, let him know at 768-8362, at ahoward@enquirer.com or by fax at 768-8340.


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