National Award Finalist Hopes to Play his way to College


Nicholas Goldsmith, of Dyer, is celebrating his selection as one of 10 national finalists for the inaugural U.S. Army - Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence.

Goldsmith will attend the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Dinner in San Antonio, Texas, in January, where the winner will be announced. The award recognizes high school sophomores and juniors for their academic, athletic and community service accomplishments.

“I could not believe that I was one of the finalists. It will be great to have this experience with so many highly accomplished kids and top athletes in the country,” he said.

As a finalist, Goldsmith will be the guest of honor at a special recognition ceremony at his school in November, including a visit from a Pro Football Hall of Famer.

“I am very excited to find out which Hall of Fame player I will meet,” he said.

A junior at St. Rita of Cascia High School in Chicago, Goldsmith maintains a 4.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, due to weighted courses, and is involved in student government and National Honor Society.

Last year, he received varsity letters in football, baseball and soccer, and was an All-Chicago Catholic League Conference soccer goalie for two years.

He broke a soccer school record for the number of shutouts and goals against average, and this summer played baseball for the South Florida Marlins 17U baseball team, competing in Florida and Georgia in baseball tournaments.

“I enjoy the competition and I like the camaraderie. I really just like playing sports, and have spent most of my free time since I was about 6 doing this,” he said of his athletic exploits.

“I hope to play a sport in college. I

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Courtesy of: By Kimberly Cheek-Stanley Times Correspondent