INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Colts partnered with Ivy Tech Community College for the second consecutive year to honor the top scholar athletes in the state. Adam Hoff, a senior football player from Charlestown High School was voted the 2013 Ivy Tech Community College Scholar Athlete of the Year.
"Ivy Tech is proud to partner with the Colts and My Indiana Football. We know how hard student-athletes work not only on the football field but also in the classroom and we want to recognize them for their efforts," said Jeff Fanter, Vice President Communications/Marketing for Ivy Tech Community College.
Each week during the 2013 Indiana High School Football season, four student athletes were featured in an article on Colts.com as Scholar Athletes of the Week. Fans voted and each of the weekly winners was put into a poll for the Ivy Tech Community College Student Athlete of the Year. On the final day of voting Huff got a late push from his peers to take over first place and win this year's award. He will be honored during a halftime presentation at the Colts vs. Titans game on December 1st.
Aside from being a captain and standout defensive lineman, Hoff also makes a commitment to improving his community. He is a member of Earthwise, a group who coordinates the recycling for his high school and he volunteers to assist the elderly and ailing through Hosparus. He also devotes his love and knowledge of football to the area youth football league.
"I felt very thankful for being nominated by my teacher, Mrs. Stewart and the community, who have contributed so much to my success on and off the field." Hoff said. "The support from my family and my love for the game drive me to work hard in the community and on the football field."
Here's the full nomination from Mrs. Stewart:
"I am writing in reference to Adam Hoff. I have found Adam to be a truly outstanding young man. Having been acquainted with Adam as his physical education teacher and student council sponsor for the last three years, I proudly present him as an exemplary candidate and model young person. Adam's reliability, and integrity are quite respectable.
Adam demonstrates and utilizes his outstanding character both in and out of the classroom. I am always impressed by Adam's leadership. He does an excellent job of helping to create an urgency for excellence in everyone he is around. Adam is always willing to help others by pushing them to do their very best at whatever task they are undertaking. He would never settle for mediocre. This was especially helpful to me during his time as a peer tutor for my physical education classes. With his high standards for excellence, Adam pushes himself and emerges as intensely self-reliant. He does not shy away from challenges so his schedule has always consisted of honors and AP courses.
Outside the classroom, Adam further proves that he is a valued leader. Adam is a captain of the varsity football team where he was selected to the News and Tribune Second Team All Area Defense in 2012. He has been named Pirate Pride/Tumble Town Defensive Player of the Game numerous times, and most recently he was selected as the Penn Station November Athlete of the Month for the Louisville metro area. Tonight he will lead his team into their third consecutive sectional championship game in hopes to earn back-to-back titles.
In addition to football, Adam was a member of the varsity boys' track and field team and wrestling team. He is a former Mid Southern Conference champion and a regional qualifier in wrestling. This year, Adam will represent the Pirates as a member of the swim team.
Beyond athletics, Adam is a member of Key Club, National Honor Society, and Student Council. He serves as vice president of Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Adam is also committed to improving his community. He is a member of Earthwise, a group who takes care of all recycling for the school. He also volunteers to assist the elderly and ailing through Hosparus, the only male athlete in the region to do so. Adam devotes his love and knowledge of football to the youth league in Charlestown as well.
My favorite thing about Adam is his integrity. He is true to himself, to his family, and to his peers. With Adam, what you see is what you get. He is an honest person who is comfortable in his own skin, confident in his abilities, and determined to reach his goals. I have enough trust in Adam that I would feel confident placing my own children in his care if the situation ever arose. Thus it is without hesitation that I recommend Adam for any endeavor he pursues."