HOBOKEN, NJ — A Hoboken athlete has the chance to bring home either a $1,000 or $5,000 equipment grant for Hoboken High School after being nominated for USA Football’s “Heart of a Giant Award.”
The awards program, presented by Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants, highlights athletes from the Tri-State area who have been recognized and nominated by a coach for their commitment, teamwork, will, character and dedication.
Hoboken’s athlete nominee is Anthony Henriquez, who said he is not letting the coronavirus pandemic stop him from achieving his goals.
“I worked out literally everyday of quarantine, lifting two times a day keeping a consistent routine, even set up a group call with my teammates to make sure they were also working out,” Henriquez said in a statement “When fields opened up, I started doing football cone drills and routes and drills we would normally do in practice that I set up and took control of without our coaches.”
His coach, Keeon Walker, said the football player’s leadership skills are evident both on and off the field.
“Anthony Henriquez is not only a leader on the football field, he is a leader off of the field and in the public,” Walker, Hoboken High’s Head Football Coach, said in a statement.
Voters will help select 11 finalists from USA Football’s pool of 18 nominees. Each finalist automatically earns a $1,000 equipment grant for his school.
Each finalist must then submit a video for a chance to win another $4,000 for his school and a trophy. The grand prize winner will be chosen by USA Football, Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants.
A short interview with each candidate is available online, where votes can also be submitted. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 9.
This article originally appeared on the Hoboken Patch