PLYMOUTH, N.H. – While Plymouth State College football players get plenty of recognition for their on-the-field accomplishments, one of the Panthers has been recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for his off-the-field efforts.
Starting center Chris Belmont (Campton, NH/Plymouth Reg. H.S.) was named to the 1998 AFCA Good Works Team. The Good Works Team honors those who show exceptional dedication to community service and to the betterment of the communities in which they live.
Belmont has been involved with “Safe Walk,” a volunteer escort service that operates on and off campus on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. As President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, he organized a blood donation day for members and non-members to become part of a national bone marrow donors file.
A 6’2”, 268-pound junior, Belmont also participated in several community cleanups. He organized a food and toiletries drive for the homeless which involved members of the fraternity collecting food and toiletries from students to donate to the local homeless shelter.
“When Chris joined our program we were aware that he was an excellent student and outstanding person,” said PSC head football coach Mike Kemp, “and he has continued to be both as a member of the Plymouth State College community. He has also exceeded our expectations as a football player, by taking over the starting position as a sophomore. He has played every down for us the last two years and done a great job. His performance on and off the field is certainly a credit to our institution and our program.”
Now in his second year as starting center, Belmont was a member of the 1997 Freedom Football Conference All-Academic Team. He helped the team to a 7-4 record and an ECAC play-off berth last fall, and is a part of the team’s 2-0 start this season.