Tuesday, July 13, 2010

To say that North Greenville University football players Jamarius Robinson (JR Edgemoor, SC/Lewisville HS) and Jacob Buckley (FR Spartanburg, SC/Dorman HS) have been recognized for their leadership skills at the most recent Palmetto Boys State on the campus of the University of South Carolina would be a massive understatement.


Robinson and Buckley made history of sorts by being selected the Outstanding Senior and Junior Counselors respectively according to Stephen Lewis, the Director of Palmetto Boys State. "Considering that our counselors come from USC, Clemson, Furman, Wofford, the Citadel, Presbyterian, Georgia Tech, North Carolina South Carolina State and other schools, this is the first time the award winners have come from the same school," Lewis exclaimed.

"At the end of the week, our staff selects an Outstanding Junior Counselor and an Outstanding Senior Counselor who have performed at the highest level and have exhibited specific traits like integrity, perseverance, patriotism, courage, responsibility, and brotherhood," Lewis added. "Several weeks ago, after what I consider to be the best Palmetto Boys State I have ever attended (it was my 30th year with the program), Buckley was selected as the Outstanding Junior Counselor and Robinson was named the Outstanding Senior Counselor. Although I am sure we have had winners of these awards from the same school, I do not remember it occurring in the same year."

Palmetto Boys State is a leadership program sponsored by the American Legion and is held in June each year. Over 900 rising seniors in high school are selected by their high schools and Legion posts to attend a week long camp, during which young men are taught about government, politics, and leadership by creating a mock government in which the boys can run and be elected to offices ranging from city level (mayor, city counsel, etc.) up to our state constitutional officers of Governor or Lieutenant Governor.

"I am extremely proud of these two young men for achieving something no other college or university in the state of South Carolina can boast of," said NGU head football coach Jamey Chadwell. "This type of achievement shows the quality and ability of the type of young men we’re attracting to North Greenville. This is a monumental accomplishment."

Robinson is a two-year starter at defensive back for the Crusaders who started all 10 games last season. He had 45 tackles and two interceptions and is a projected starter in the fall. Buckley, an incoming freshman this fall, was a member of Dorman’s 2009 Class AAAA State Championship squad as the punter who averaged 37.7 yards per punt and handled holding duties for coach David Gutshall and the Cavaliers.  He was a first team All-Area selection and a preseason All- State recipient. Also an excellent student, Buckley excelled off the field as a member of the Beta Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Boys State.  He posted a 3.9 Grade Point Average through his high school years.