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Hope Football Honors announced

by Carolyn Binder

Hope Senior Santino DiCesare of Dorr Honored With Allan C. Kinney Award

Hope football player Santino DiCesare has been given the Flying Dutchmen’s Allan C. Kinney Award, which has been presented annually since 1971 by the football coaching staff to a senior player for maximum contribution to the football program. 

This award is named in memory of Allan C. Kinney, a member of the Hope football team who died of cancer in his senior year in 1967.

DiCesare is a senior safety from Dorr (Wayland HS). He claimed All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team honors for the second time last month. He holds the school record with an 100-yard interception return for a touchdown at Olivet during the 2011 season.

DiCesare was honored during a recent team banquet along with Team Offensive MVP and running back Shawn Jackson of Comstock Park (Comstock Park HS) and Team Defensive MVP Cody Lindemulder of Mulliken (Lake Odessa HS).

Kinney was a business major from 1964-67 who was heavily involved in many aspects of campus life, from the football team, to the Fraternal Society, to the Kemper Scholars — a highly selective business leadership development program. From the records that were kept, it is clear that he lived his life with a passion for being involved with and contributing to Hope's community. Sadly, Allan was diagnosed with cancer and passed away on November 11th, 1967 — less than a year away from his graduation.

To honor his memory, Kinney’s parents, Norm and Louise Kinney, established the Allan C. Kinney Award through the football program. During the years before their deaths, they would personally present the award at the post-season banquet.

Senior Shawn Jackson Named Second-Team All-North Region By D3Football.com

Hope football player Shawn Jackson has been awarded all-region honors for his performance during the 2013 season. The senior running back from Comstock Park (Comstock Park HS) made All-North Region Second Team by d3football.com. Jackson is third on Hope’s all-time rushing list with 3,289 career yards.

Jackson rushed for 1,160 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2013 season. It is the sixth-highest single season rushing total in school history and sixth most rushing touchdowns.

Jackson was voted Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) MVP by the league’s coaches this season. It marked the 25th time a member of the Flying Dutchmen had been awarded MVP honors.

Jackson was one of two first-team, All-MIAA running backs. He rushed for 710 yards in league play and topped the MIAA in scoring with nine touchdowns and 58 points.

Click here to see all of d3football.com’s all-region honors