BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Bridgewater State University senior safety Joseph Heneine (Fall River, Mass.) and senior linebacker Logan Lamoureux (Concord, N.H.) have been selected to the National Football Foundation (NFF) 2018 Hampshire Honor Society.
An exercise science major, Heneine graduated this past May with a cumulative 3.58 grade point average. Lamoureux also graduated in May as he maintained a career 3.29 GPA while also majoring in exercise science.
A total of 1,270 players from 307 schools qualified for membership in the society's 12th year, both new single-year records in the history of the program.
To be nominated, student-athletes must have been a starter or significant contributor in their final season of eligibility while achieving at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.
"We are pleased to see another record number of athletes honored by the Hampshire Honor Society this year," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell.
"Over the past decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically," Hatchell added, "and we congratulate the schools and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their lives."
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program by greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization's leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes at the 777 colleges and universities with football programs nationwide.
The 1,270 players honored in 2018 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 1,103 honorees in 2017. The 307 schools with members breaks the previous mark of 302 set in 2017. The initiative has now honored 9,014 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.
Jon F. Hanson, the chairman and founder of The Hampshire Companies, provided the endowment to launch the NFF Hampshire Honor Society in 2007. He made the contribution as part of his legacy to the organization after serving as NFF Chairman from 1994-2006. He currently serves the organization as the chairman emeritus. Each player awarded with membership in this year's Honor Society will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.
"It was my great privilege to endow the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which has greatly increased the number of college student-athletes the NFF has been able to recognize during the past 12 years," said Hanson.
Hanson added, "Nationwide there are thousands of football players excelling in the classroom, and they are going on to become great leaders. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society continues to grow and allows us to shine a light on their hard work."
"We have honored more than 9,000 student-athletes in the last 12 years thanks to Jon Hanson's generosity," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow's leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps."
A four-year member of the Bridgewater State football team, Heneine appeared in four games in 2017, including one start, and made seven solo tackles.
Lamoureux recorded 77 tackles (42 solo) in 30 games over three seasons in a BSU uniform. In 2017, he notched 42 tackles (29 solo) with 1 1/2 for loss.