NDI In the News


For Immediate Release
December 9, 2011

Greg Glynn, Account Executive
Nancy Marshall Communications
207-495-2782, gglynn@marshallpr.com


Nominations Open for Frank Gaziano
Football Scholarship and Awards

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Jeff Kane, president of National Distributors and Frank Gaziano's son-in-law, announced that nominations are open for The Annual Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards. The awards are given to the top high school football offensive and defensive linemen in the state because of their hard work on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities. Nominations for the awards will be accepted through Friday, December 16. For more information on the nomination process visit, www.gazianolinemanawards.org.

National Distributors Founder Frank Gaziano
The late Frank J. Gaziano, was an All-American and professional football player. He was also the founder of National Distributors Inc. in South Portland. 

"We are excited to start hearing from parents, coaches, athletic directors, and individuals that would like to nominate a high school senior for the award and scholarship. Last year we had a great list of candidates and, by announcing that the nomination process has begun, we are confident that we will hear about the amazing student athletes that we have across the state of Maine," said Kane.

After the nominations have been received, the awards committee will select finalists from high schools across the state. The award and scholarship presentations to the Gaziano Award winners will be announced at a banquet brunch on Sunday, January 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.    

Each finalist will receive free tickets to attend the banquet. At the event, one offensive player and one defensive player will each be awarded a first place trophy and a scholarship of $2,500.    

To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a high school senior, have competed at the varsity level for a minimum of two years and have an exemplary record of positive athletic and non-athletic citizenship. The submission of a student essay and a game film featuring the applicant competing against his toughest competitor are also part of the application process. Applicants from all levels of Maine's high school football three-class system are eligible for the scholarship and are nominated by their coaches. For more information on the banquet or the scholarship program visit www.gazianolinemanawards.org or contact the Frank J. Gaziano Lineman Awards Board of Directors at (207) 773-1719, ext 3313.  

2010 Frank Gaziano Award Winners
Last year, Matt Welch (right) from South Portland was the winner of the Offensive Lineman award and Nathan Martel (left) of Bonny Eagle received the defensive lineman award. Jeff Kane (center), president of National Distributors presented the awards. 

Funding for the $2,500 scholarships is being provided by National Distributors Inc. in South Portland, the company founded by the late Frank J. Gaziano. The awards committee will also be securing sponsorships ranging from $50-$500 so players and families of the student athletes can attend the banquet free of charge. If you are interested in attending the event or contributing to the scholarship fund, call (207) 773-1719, ext 3313.      

The selection committee for the Frank J. Gaziano Lineman Awards includes Charles Hews, Mark Bonnevie, Mike Haley, Tim Rice, Ed McAleney and Mike Marston. The awards officers are Peter DeSimon; Matt Perkins; Jeff Kane and Michael Quinlan. The Board of Directors includes Pete Cloutier; Jill Gaziano Mitchell; Judy Gaziano Kane; Mike Haley; Mike Marston of Mid-Maine Homeless Shelters.

About National Distributors:

Established in 1960, National Distributors Inc., is a family-owned company that has been providing quality beverages to retailers for the benefit of consumers over 50 years. Though predominantly servicing retailers in Southern Maine, the company continues to provide a variety of products and expand their distribution to Central & Coastal Maine. National Distributors maintains a strong vision for a greener future with an active environmental program. The company and its over 170 employees also continue to be proud community leaders and promote the responsible consumption of their products. Visit the company's website at www.nat-dist.com.