Five Bobcats named to National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society

Bates seniors Art Churchwell, Connor DeSantis, Kyle Flaherty, Calvin Johnstone and Walter Washington were honored as members of the 2019 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society on April 10, 2019. (Photos by Brewster Burns for Bates College) 

IRVING, Texas -- Five seniors from the Bates football team were honored Wednesday, as the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2019 Hampshire Honor Society, comprising college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their career.

Bates' five honorees are:

  • Art Churchwell (Newton, Mass.), defensive back. Major: Economics.
  • Connor DeSantis (Georgetown, Mass.), defensive line. Major: Economics. Minors: Philosophy, Mathematics.
  • Kyle Flaherty (Litchfield, Maine), running back. Major: History. 
  • Calvin Johnstone (Hopkinton, N.H.), defensive line. Major: Environmental Studies. Minor: Rhetoric.
  • Walter Washington (Rockland, N.Y.), defensive line. Major: Politics. Minor: Rhetoric.

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: being a starter or a significant contributor in one's last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft) at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university; achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and meeting all NCAA/NAIA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The 1,643 players honored in 2019 sets a new high water mark, eclipsing the previous record of 1,274 honorees in 2018. The 424 schools represented breaks the previous mark of 308 set in 2018. The initiative has honored 10,660 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007.

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