In September 2016, the United States Marine Corps was pleased to announce the launch of the Semper Fidelis All-American Program, a nationwide initiative that will recognize ~100 high school juniors who excel academically and athletically, and who illustrate a dynamic quality of character and a sustained commitment to fighting and winning the battles that improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
The new program is an evolution of the Semper Fidelis All-American Football Program, which recognized some of the nation's finest high school football players for their athletic and academic achievement from 2012-2016. The evolved Semper Fidelis All-American Program seeks to identify and recognize not just football players, but young men and women who are setting an example in a wide variety of sports from all corners of the country.
Those who earn the title Semper Fidelis All-American won’t participate in a traditional Bowl Game, but instead will be brought together for the inaugural Battles Won Academy, held in the summer of 2017 in Washington, DC. The 2-3 day Academy will feature keynote speakers across a broad range of disciplines, from sports and business to public service and entertainment, and will include various activities such as Wake Up and Workouts with the Marines, community service projects and tours of historic DC attractions. Additionally, because the Marines know the importance of having a strong mentor to help along the way, each student selected as a Semper Fidelis All-American will be given the opportunity to invite a mentor of their choosing (coach, teacher, guidance counselor, youth minister, etc.) to attend the academy with them.
Students who are interested in the program can self-nominate or be nominated by a mentor. Nominations for the Semper Fidelis All-American Program will close on January 31, 2017.
To register, please visit: https://sfaap.marines.com
THE SEMPER FIDELIS ALL-AMERICAN BOWL, proudly supported by the United States Marine
Corps, is designed to be different than other bowls.
The players selected to represent the eastern and western halves of the country will be chosen not only because they are among the most talented players
in the nation, but also because they bring something
more to the game.