ARLINGTON, Va. – Gallaudet University junior defensive end Adham Talaat (Springfield, Va.) was recognized Sunday night at the 7th annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet hosted by the National Capital Region Chapter of the National Football Foundation at the prestigious Army Navy Country Club.
Talaat was presented the first-ever Jay and Meredith Crane Scholarship presented by the local NFF chapter that includes schools in the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. Jay Crane is a member of Gallaudet's Board of Trustees and senior vice president of Crane Investment Co.
"I am very humbled by this award and experience," said Talaat after the ceremony. "This is surreal to see all the support I have. It's very encouraging to me. I am extremely thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Crane and the National Capital Chapter for this honor."
Gallaudet football head coach Chuck Goldstein presented Talaat to the sold out crowd. Goldstein highlighted Talaat's path to Gallaudet and his accomplishments on and off the field.
"We were trying to recognize one of the six colleges in the area," said Greg Oliver, President of the National Capital Chapter, about establishing the new $1,000 collegiate scholarship. "Gallaudet was a natural choice for the first recipient especially after we read Adham's essay and saw what type of student and athlete he is. This was a pretty easy choice."
Talaat was accompanied by his mother, Nesrin Talaat, and joined at the ceremony by Gallaudet President T. Alan Hurwitz, Athletic Director Michael Weinstock, Sports Information Director Sam Atkinson, Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator John Davis and Assistant Head Coach/Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Stephon Healey.
Virginia Tech football head coach Frank Beamer delivered the keynote address to the audience. The National Capital Region Chapter recognized its 2013 High School Scholar-Athlete recipients and presented several scholarships and special awards during the program.
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 a two-time Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) All-Academic team honoree. This past March he worked out for NFL scouts from the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Springfield, Va., native was named to the ECFC second team defense at the end of last 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.
7th annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet presented by National Capital Region Chapter of NFF
Pictured left to right: Michael Weinstock, John Davis, Stephon Healey, Adham Talaat,
Nesrin Talaat, Chuck Goldstein and President T. Alan Hurwitz.
Adham Talaat receives his awards from National Capital Region Chapter
President Greg Oliver with GU football head coach Chuck Goldstein.