The National Football Foundation (NFF) is a national organization that promotes and celebrates the complete scholar athlete primarily through recognition and scholarships. The Walter J. Zable / San Diego Chapter is one of the 120 chapters of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.  Our chapter was established in 1971 to ensure that all young San Diego athletes have the chance to develop leadership qualities, learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence.  We award over $40k of scholarships annually through our individual and corporate sponsors.

Each year we also celebrate the life of Willie Jones by honoring one deserving nominee with the Willie Jones Most Inspirational Award. Willie was a decorated San Diego athlete and honor student from Lincoln High School who was tragically killed on June 17, 1994. Click to read more about Willie Jones.

Congratulations to our 2023 Awardees

2023 Scholar-Leader Athlete Awardees

Jake JacksonMadison
Easton PetersonGranite Hills
Daniel UgarteBonita Vista
Dominic DenhaEl Capitan
Justin ScullyLa Jolla
Anthony ThomasFallbrook
Brayden WilsonWest Hills
Noah SnyderSan Pasqual
Blake McGihonHorizon
Drew VentimigliaMt. Carmel
Saxton SylvesterCoronado
Jacob PabloOtay Ranch
Joseph MatthewsOceanside
Luke GonzalezPoway
Conner AnnicharicoLa Costa Canyon
Victory JohnsonCathedral Catholic
Aleksandr WojcikMar Vista
Troy BasslerUniversity City
Chase LowaryPoint Loma
Luke HeggieSanta Fe Christian
Abel EstradaMontgomery
Chance BellMira Mesa
Owen TsayMaranatha
Tyler BourkeEastlake
Brian ButlerSan Marcos
Dominic NankilMater Dei
Charles HinesLincoln

Willie Jones Most Inspirational Player

Charles HinesLincoln

Coach of the Year

Kellan Cobbs, Granite Hills

Outstanding First Year Head Coach

Ross Johnson, Fallbrook

Most Outstanding Official of the Year

Marlow Fitzgerald