WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University defensive end Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) will be honored on Sunday, April 7, at the 7th annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet hosted by the National Capital Region Chapter of the National Football Foundation (NFF). Talaat will receive The Scholar-Athlete Award, a $1,000 scholarship, this is the first time the chapter has honored a collegiate student-athlete. The banquet will be held at the prestigious Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., and will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception with the program getting underway at 6 p.m.
Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer will serve as the keynote speaker as over 800 attendees including nominees, parents and family, school officials and dignitaries of the NFF will be present.
"I am very humbled, honored and appreciative of receiving this award, especially from the NFF! When I learned that I won the scholarship I was completely surprised. I didn't think I had a good chance of winning it, given the amount of stellar student-athletes in contention," said Talaat. "It feels exhilarating to see the results of my hard work in the classroom and on the field pay off."
The National Capital Region Chapter was established in 2004-05 and is chapter No. 115 out of 120 in the NFF family. The National Capital Region Chapter includes schools in Northern Virginia, District of Columbia and Southern Maryland. The chapter supports the NFF mission of; The National Football Foundation is committed to the mission of scholarship, citizenship, and performance in the game of amateur football and in the promoting this great sport.
Talaat is a 2012 Capital One Academic All-American Division III football second team performer. He also was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team for Division III for District 2. Talaat is a physical education major that has accumulated a 3.88 grade point average. He is also a two-time Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) All-Academic team honoree.
The Springfield, Va., native was named to the ECFC second team defense at the end of the season. Talaat received recognition after a 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss performance in a 48-26 victory over Becker College on Oct. 20 as well. For the effort he was named the ECFC Defensive Player of the Week and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Northeast Defensive Player of the Week. Talaat was selected as an all-conference honorable mention on defense in 2011.
Gallaudet went 7-3 overall during the 2012 season and finished 5-2 in ECFC play.