PLATINUM STAR AWARD
The PLATINUM STAR AWARD is youth Football’s version of the Heisman Trophy award. This honor will be awarded to the nation’s most outstanding youth football player. There will be a winner from each grade, 6th through 8th and players will be selected based on film, coach’s comments, individual stats, G.P.A., and team and community accomplishments. Players who engage in community service and other productive activities will have a greater chance of winning the award. We believe that there is no age too young to begin the journey towards greatness.
To keep the Selection process legitimate, NSR has put together an 11 person, Platinum Star selection committee, with a combined 150 years of coaching and football experience. These football professionals will evaluate the talent and vote for the winner. We also get the fans involved in the process with our social media fan vote. This process allows the fans to Vote via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets making the selection process interactive for the fans.
The 2016 winners have all displayed the qualities on and off the playing field that makes them eligible for the award. The National Sports Report is proud to recognize them as our players of the year in their respective grade groups and want to honor their accomplishments with our Platinum Star Award tour. NSR will go to the hometown of the winners and present the award to the players at their schools in front of the entire student body. We will work in concert with local media, city government and the youth football community in these areas as well.
The National Sports Report will travel to the Cities of the winners to present the winners with the most prestigious award in youth sports in their own backyard. Hundreds of Athletes get nominated annually, but the 3 winners, voted by our committee and the fans, must be a winner on and off the playing field. The purpose of this tour is to spread the word about NSR and our promotional partners on an intimate yet effective level while reinforcing our dedication to the development of our youth. Features of the tour will include:
In School Trophy presentation – The National Sports Report will work hand and hand with the recipient’s school and local media to present the award during school in front of the entire student body. We choose this approach so that the notion of being a “student-athlete” remains the most important element of winning the award.
Regional Coaches and youth administrator Meet and Greet – This tour provides us with an opportunity to meet with the local and regional coaching community and introduce our 2017 agenda. This also adds to our growing national coaching database.
View the 2016 PLATINUM STAR AWARD FINALIST
Travis Boston Jr and please say the “Jr” is lightning in a bottle and is a driving force on a team full of stars. This 2015, 7th grade Platinum Star winner is attempting to make history as the first ever 2-time winner of this award. A natural leader, Boston gets it done on and off the field of play.
Community work: DGA (Developing Great Athlete) They feed the homeless and give out cases of water to the flint water Crisis.
Amari Daniels might be the best pure running back in the nation at this level. This Bo Jackson replica can run inside, has the speed to run around you, but when asked what he preferred, his reply was “I like to crush guys spirits by running over them”. Daniels was a driving force in the Canes run at a True National Championship this season.
Community work: Amari Daniels spends most Sunday’s with his teammates reaching out to Miamis homeless, providing food and blankets.
2016 highlights: provided by Under the radar Sports media
Tyler Buchner of the Rancho Penasquitos Wolverines is the definition of a five-tool quarterback. Buchner carried his team to a SDYFC championship by throwing for just under 1500 yards and 19 touchdowns to go along with close to 1500 yards rushing and a whopping 29 touchdowns on the ground; Impressive considering he sat a good majority of second half’s, due to blowouts. Tyler is a great athlete who brings a versatility and added two touchdowns via the return game. Buchner is well deserving of Platinum Star consideration.
Community work: Volunteers with “Teen Action”
2016 highlights: http://www.hudl.com/profile/5496357/tyler-buchner
Zamajay Duncan may be the most dynamic all-around Athlete in this class, but what sets him apart from all the rest is his hunger to win. Duncan has lined up at WR, RB, QB in the wildcat, sliced oranges at halftime drives the team bus and more; In other words, this #StraightBeast of a baller does whatever is needed for his team to get the W. He is all so a ferocious hitter and Playmaker on defense.
Community work: Duncan works with a community-based program called “Helping Hands”
2016 highlights: http://www.hudl.com/profile/7839451/zamajay-duncan
Austin Oppel had a breakout season in 2016 as he asserted himself as one of the country’s top runners. Oppel is a lethal inside runner and has a nice burst to get around the edge. Running for close to 1500 yards, and 20 touchdowns for his South Dixie Spartans, Austin is also a physical presence on defense. His stats don’t tell the full tale of how impactful he was to this team In his final youth season.
Community work: Student and anti-bullying mentor
2016 highlights: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/6652859/583e0aeac124de09d8bd1b8c
Caleb Williams is arguably the most talented quarterback in the country. Williams torched defenses all season long with the Bowie Elite Bulldogs out of Maryland. Throwing for over 2200 yards and 24 touchdowns, Caleb is also as smooth as they come; His ability to extend plays is overlooked and unflappable demeanor, allowed him to rush for just under 500 yards and 5 touchdowns. He is truly one of the most cerebral players in the country.
Community work: Volunteers for community and youth outreach program.
2016 highlights: http://www.hudl.com/profile/6269274/caleb-williams
TJ Urban had a huge 2016′-17′ campaign and lead his UA Patriots team to an undefeated season; The dual threat Quarterback gave opposing defenses nightmares all season long. Utilizing an up-tempo, spread offense, Urban threw for over 1800 yards and 29 touchdown passes with a 78% completion percentage. In addition, TJ ran for close to 1500 yards, while punching in an outlandish 31 touchdowns on the ground. Urban also doubles as a stand-out Safety, with 70 plus tackles, 10 Sacks, and 6 Touchdowns returned on Defense and Special Teams. Teammates love his leadership qualities on and off the field, while coaches rave about his high character. The Omaha native is a well deserving Platinum Star Finalist.
Community work: Volunteers at Church /School
2016 highlights: http://www.hudl.com/video/2/97403/589d63edff0c6e0904a80998
Jace Willson is a duel threat QB that can make all the throws. He forces Defences to play honest as the have to pick their poison, pass or run when attempting to stop him. Willson threw for an astounding 30 TD’s and just 6 int’s. This kid is a playmaker through and through !!!!
Community work: volunteers with “Star of Hope” and during the summer months attends the “Higher Achievement Camp” he also volunteers in the “Big Brother Program”
2016 highlights: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/8276653/57e76ce57bddf874808c55a7
Community work: He has volunteered his time to caring 4 kids. It is an organization that provides food to homeless children or children in need so they can have meals over the weekend when they are away from school. He has gathered toys to donate to “fill the firetruck” at Christmas time so the firefighters can distribute the toys to children in need.
Chad Mascoe is a player who passes the eye tests, but what makes Mascoe stand out, is his ability to lead and win. The quarterback for MacIntyre Park also won an FBU National Championship as the Broward County signal caller as well. Mascoe is a big time competitor with a frame and skill set that set him apart from the pack. Chad has made quite a bit of noise in this youth football world and is a name you will be hearing for years to come.
Community work: Volunteers at Homeless shelter (Feeds the Homeless)
Volunteers at Omega Psi Phi (various Volunteer services)
“Oklahoma” as he is known to many, is more than Platinum Star Award worthy.
Community work: Assists with all community outreach efforts sponsored by the Moreno Valley Falcons and The Hustle.
Community work: helps out at Preston wood pediatrics 1 Saturday a month. It’s a center that gives occupational, speech, and physical therapy to children with developmental delays and Autism.
Community work: TYPE 1 Diabetic, Student Council Member, AVID Class Volunteer
Includes – Trash pick up at local Elementary Schools, Senior Citizen Homes.
Community work: Serves dinners at the homeless shelter
Community work: Feeds Homeless during Thanksgiving, also provides Donations for shelters.
2016 highlights: http://rdplex.com/athletes/Paul_Lefkowitz.html
Community work: Challenger Buddy Program through Eastlake Little league – This program helps disabled youth learn the game of baseball
2016 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAvuGCi99Fo&sns=em
Community work: Big Brother program
2016 highlights: http://www.hudl.com/video/3/7822345/58815d6c5ef6ca1a103bad49
Community work: FBLA EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY ROLE MODELS
2016 highlights: https://youtu.be/v84NtY3X_aA
GPA: 4.9 (takes all high school prep classes thus the higher than a 4.0)
Community work: volunteers for both Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity
2016 highlights: o https://youtu.be/xJ1yWTifl_M
2016 highlights: https://youtu.be/MAxQoYEcQx8
Community work: My Fathers House Ministries a non-profit organization, and North Carolina food bank. Grew up in a church and is always volunteering his time.
2016 highlights: https://youtu.be/W5yv8mhU-vk