Michael North

Goodwill Scholarship Honorable Mention

As an undergraduate student, I am interested in pursuing a degree in the field of biology or biochemistry. I have already begun my coursework towards that major at Michigan. In addition to coursework in the field of biology, I plan to participate in independent scientific research at Michigan. After graduating from college, I plan to attend either medical or graduate school so that I am able to achieve my goal of becoming a medical research scientist. My aspiration is to research and develop treatments and medications that would have the potential to cure diseases and illnesses throughout the world. I am very proud to have received this scholarship from Al DeSimone’s Charity for Champions. Not only did I receive recognition for my hard work and dedication in high school in front of all of my peers at Cypress Bay, but I will be able to use the scholarship money to help defray the cost of my education and the scientific research I plan to do. Thank you very much for honoring me with this scholarship.

Amber Pristas

Extraordinary Community Service Award Winner

Receiving the Community Service award is such a great honor, and I’m very grateful to be a Charity for Champions scholarship recipient.  I plan on attending the University of Florida, starting the summer of 2016.  Community service has always been a huge part of my life.  Giving back to the community is something I’m very passionate about and plan on continuing in the future.  One of the biggest projects I’ve done was Paint for Amber’s Passion, an event that allowed me to raise around $3,000 for Make-a-Wish.  Most of my volunteer time was probably spent at West Pembroke Pines Optimist where I was a coach for cheerleading.  Working with younger children is something I’ve always wanted to do so this experience was very rewarding for me as well, knowing I was making a difference in their lives.

Miguel Bermudez

Personal Achievement Award Winner

Since I was a kid, I always dreamed of becoming a pilot. For so many years this never changed and plan for the future is finishing college and becoming a commercial pilot; This scholarship will help me to get there and achieve my goals, that’s why I believe it’s really important. hank you for the opportunity, Miguel Bermudez.

Cody Tremblay

Most Improved Athlete Award Winner

Dear Dr. DeSimone, I would like to say thank you so much for granting me such an amazing award and I am truly honored to be chosen as the winner of the most improved athlete award. I will be attending Florida International University and will major in civil engineering with a medical track. With this degree I will be pursuing a long time goal of becoming an engineer. With a long four years ahead of me money becomes very important and it means a lot to be chosen for this award because it shows that hard work and determination can lead to many things going forward not just sports. Thank you for helping me get one step closer to my goal.

Joshua Paul

Team Fellowship Award Winner Honorable Mention

My future plans is to attend Wittenberg University and continue my football career along with my academic career.  My major will be Communication and I also plan to pursue my dream to be a Football analyst and or working in the broadcasting business. What this scholarship means to me is a humbling blessing knowing that all my hard work was noticed by this group of amazing people and I am planning to use this scholarship in good use. Thanks again and God bless.

Jessica Barlett

Most Improved Athlete Award Honorable Mention

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Dr. and Mrs. DeSimone for their generosity in awarding me Most Improved Athlete Award.  Receiving this scholarship proved to me that hard work and determination does pay off and to never lose site of your dreams.  This fall I am attending Florida Gulf Coast University where I plan on studying and working hard to achieve my goal of becoming a nurse.  Once again, thank you. :)”. Thank you again for your generosity. Jessica Bartlett

Jamie Sammarco

Goodwill Scholarship Award Honorable Mention

I am beyond thankful to have received this scholarship. It means a lot to me to be recognized for my hard work of being a student athlete. All my life sports has been apart of me and school was always important. I hope to use this scholarship as an opportunity to further my education in college. My goal is to become a Physical Therapist and help athletes heal from injuries. I’ve been in the shoes of an injured athlete with the urge to get back in the field, so I can’t wait to help others get back to doing what they love.

James Jenkins

Team Fellowship Award Winner Honorable Mention

Hi, my name is James Jenkins and I am very grateful to receive such an honorable award from Mr. and Mrs. DeSimone. Dr. DeSimone has been a great role model and an even better Doctor who fixed my torn MCL. Throughout the Injury he boosted my confidence with various stories of his own of how he dealt with struggles to get where he is today. My future plans are to attend the University Of West Florida, major in Sports Management, and pursue my dreams after college therefore, becoming successful like Dr.DeSimone.  

Alicia Serrano

Personal Achievement Award  Honorable Mention

I am writing to thank you for your generous $500 Charity for Champions Inc. scholarship. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your scholarship. I am a Biology major with an emphasis in physiology and anatomy. I plan to pursue a career in Physician Assistant upon graduating from Broward College. I am currently a junior carrying 12 units, and pan to graduate in the fall of 2018. After graduation, I will attend Florida University College of Medicine to earn my Physician Assistant degree. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to that goal. By  awarding me the Charity for Champions, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.

Connor Cullins

Team Fellowship Award Winner Honorable Mention

Thanks to you and Dr. DeSimone for honoring me this past Spring at the St.Thomas Aquinas High School football awards ceremony with the Charity for Champions scholarship. While the true joy ok competing in football is dedicating oneself to the group and enjoying in the teams results and success, I do fell blessed to receive tis recognition from the Charity for Champions organization and St. Thomas Aquinas High School. I am currently enrolles at the University of Alabama in the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration studying International Finance, and the monetary benefits of this scholarship will be put towards my tuition as I look forward to graduating in May of 2020 and hopefully find a career that will allow me to pursue my interests in the business community in both the United States and Internationally. Thank you again for everything and I only hope I can repay your generosity in the future so others may also have the same opportunity provided to me.

Simon Velez Angel

Personal Achievement Award Honorable Mention

Thank you to Dr. Al DeSimone, Mrs. Sasha DeSimone and everyone else at Charity For Champions for the special recognition of the Personal Achievement Honorable Mention. The fact that there are people like the Charity for Champions organization that are not only reaching out to high school athletes, but also helping them achieve these goals and dreams is truly amazing. Unfortunately, some of us in this world aren’t able to afford the price of a college education but Charity for Champions is really helping out in making it affordable. It means so much to me and my family that I was given this recognition and help so that I can go off and pursue my endeavors. Once I graduate High School my plans are to go to Suffolk University in downtown Boston, MA. There I plan on studying a Global Business Program and playing soccer for the Suffolk Rams in the NCAA Division III.

Devontae Henry Cole

Team Fellowship Award Honorable Mention

I would like to thank Dr. Al DeSimone along with Mrs. DeSimone for awarding me the Team Fellowship Award Scholarship.  I am extremely honored to receive this scholarship as recognition for the hard work I have put towards my education, football and being a team player. I will be attending the University of Utah this coming Fall. This scholarship give me the potential to grow and focus towards my academics goals. I would love to help younger athletes to go after their dreams and let them know without education, they cannot move forward. Thank you once again for granting me this wonderful scholarship. I am excited for what my future holds.  I cannot wait to give back to my community as well in the near future.

Samek Tekie

Personal Achievement Award Winner

It is an absolute honor to receive the scholarship from the champions for charity DeSimone foundation. As I further my education and athletic experience at Florida Atlantic University I’ll be majoring in marketing and will be pushing myself in the classroom and in the gym. The scholarship means the absolute world to me it was such a blessing for it to come into my life and I nobody else to think but Mr. and Mrs. DeSimone thank you so much. – Samek Tekie

Arjay Jean

Team Fellowship Award Honorable Mention

What an honor to a recipient of Dr. DeSimone “charity for champions” scholarship award? Dr. DeSimone words cannot express my gratitude to you and to your entire organization for the support and encouragement received. I will be attending Colorado State University, majoring in exercise science and pursuing to be a physical therapist or athletic trainer. Also, after graduation, I plan on joining the military to serve my country and grow as a person. After a few years, on the side of being a physical therapist or athletic trainer, I will become a firefighter. My plan is to gain knowledge and experience so i can give back to my community, and to provide assistance to others as I was helped. Thank you once again for granting me this wonderful scholarship, I am excited for what my future holds.

Shane Kreutzer

Sports Medicine Interest Award Winner

I am proud to be the recipient of the Charity of Champions Sports Medicine Interest Award.  This is the first time I have ever been recognized for my hard work on the field as well as my dedication to my schoolwork.  I am truly grateful for such an honor and the opportunity to reduce the costs of college.  After graduation, I will be attending the University of North Florida where I’ll pursue a degree in Health Science while staying active with the men’s lacrosse club and surfing club.  Thank you Dr. and Mrs. DeSimone for affording me this scholarship; it is truly appreciated!

Colin Nace

Excellence Achievement Award Winner

As a student athlete at Lehigh University, I plan to major in investment banking at the business school. During my years here at Lehigh, I plan to work my hardest to become a better football player and achieve high academic success so that my future is the brightest it can be! This award is truly an honor to me because it is the truest testament to the hard work that I put on the field as well as off the field, whether it be in the class room or in the community as a leader. Good things happen to those who work hard and do the right things, and this award proves it! Thank you again for this recognition, this award will be put to the best use possible. Best regards, Colin Nace – Aquinas

Robert Pitter

Lightning Award Honorable Mention

I am extremely honored to have received the Team Lightning Award from the Charity of Champions organization. This award will assist me in pursuing my future dreams.  I will be attending University of Central Florida and pursuing an undergraduate degree and Pre-Med, and continuing on to Medical School.  I would like to thank Dr. DeSimone for both recognizing my accomplishments and awarding me this scholarship.

Tylor Clont

Lightning Award Honorable Mention

I would like to thank Dr. DeSimone and Mrs. DeSimone for awarding me with the Lightning Award. Their continued involvement in the community especially the Cypress Bay football team is greatly appreciated. I am also honored to receive a scholarship from your Charity for Champions organization, helping me pursue my dream of graduating from college. I am a Sports Management major with a minor in Psychology. I hope to one day to find a way to help athletes rehab faster and stronger from concussion through therapy. I will be pursuing college football at Wittenberg University. I’m so grateful for the scholarship given to me by Dr. DeSimone to help me pursue a college education.

Jodi Lewis

Athletic Achievement Award Honorable Mention

Thank you to the Al DeSimone’s Charity for Champions for recognizing student athletes for their hard work and dedication. I have been a student athlete for my entire school career. Whether is was cheerleading or track, I always found myself being drawn to a team. The discipline needed to be a student athlete has taught me how to be successful under pressure. I am currently attend the University of South Florida in Tampa and studying civil engineering, focusing directly on sustainability. I am planning to work together with other engineers and scientists to build a sustainable future center around water management. Having the experience of working on a team has taught working together towards something bigger is truly what life is all about. I am blessed to have been awarded this scholarship to be able to pursue my career and give back to my community.