NFF Corrigan-Faircloth

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The Corrigan/Faircloth Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame was established in 1991 by local football enthusiasts. The chapter is one of approximately 120 nationwide in 46 states with over 100,000 members. The NFF is a non-profit organization founded in 1947 by General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army Black Knights football coach Earl “Red” Blaik and journalist Grantland Rice.  Its mission is to promote and develop amateur American football on all levels throughout the United States and to cultivate leadership, sportsmanship, enthusiasm for competition, and the drive for academic excellence among America's youth.

The specific purpose of the Corrigan/Faircloth Chapter is to promote amateur football in the three county Triad area of North Carolina (Alamance, Forsyth and Guilford counties) primarily through the establishment of a collegiate scholarship program for graduating Triad area high school football players. These scholarships are awarded to the players who have distinguished themselves athletically and academically and are highly involved in school and community activities. This financial support is intended as an incentive for the extension of their educational pursuits. Honorees are not required to participate in intercollegiate athletics in college but must be enrolled as full-time students at an accredited college or university.

This chapter of the NFF gets its name from two prominent leaders from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), former Commissioner Gene Corrigan and former Assistant Commissioner and Supervisor of Football Officials Bradley Faircloth whose biographies can be found on this site.  Both were champions for amateur athletics and in particular football.

The Corrigan/Faircloth Chapter depends upon the generosity and financial support of corporate and individual sponsors who for the past twenty-four years have enabled the chapter to award $581,500 in scholarships to 552 deserving student athletes. Every high school head football coach in the three-county Triad area is invited to nominate a graduating senior from his team. Recipients are selected based upon a rigorous set of criteria that considers academic excellence, football participation and achievement, and school and community involvement.  A “Celebration Banquet” is held each spring to honor the young men who are selected and to recognized and thank donors who make the annual scholarships possible.

President of the Corrigan-Faircloth Chapter

Tommy Norwood, a 1981 Elon University graduate, has been teaching and coaching for the past 34 years. His first years of coaching were spent as an assistant football coach at Eastern Guilford High School, Northwood High School, and Ragsdale High School. 

He has been a Head Football Coach for the past 29 years coaching at, Southeast Guilford High School and currently at Ragsdale High School.  Coach Norwood was an assistant coach in the North Carolina East-West All Star football game.  In 2002 he was assistant coach in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl.  Coach Norwood has also served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Coaches Association in addition to serving as the President of the North Carolina Football Coaches Association. 

Coach Norwood is married to Sharon May Norwood and they have one son, Ty, who is a student coach at Appalachian State University.

He has served as  President of the Corrigan-Faircloth Chapter of the National Football Foundation since 2013.

Officers & Directors 

Corrigan/Faircloth Chapter Board of Directors

Left to Right: Tommy Pursley, Tommy Norwood (President), Sam Story, Herb Goins (Secretary-Treasurer), Lem Cox, Mike Finn (Vice-President), Kim Strable, Don Kelsey, Perry Hudspeth, Amy Yakola (Not Pictured: David Atkins, Stuart Albright, Linwood Jerald, Kim Record, Michael Strickland, Steve Warren) 

Photos Courtesy of Ariel Perez Photography

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