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Princeton University’s Carter Christopher and The College Of New Jersey’s Joey Bellamy were two local collegiate players who represented their schools in an outstanding manner on and off the field.
It is because of their work as students, athletes and leaders that they were recognized by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame at the 61st Annual George Wah Scholar-Leader-Athlete Awards Ceremony.
Christopher received the Judge Arthur Lane Princeton University-Scholar-Leader-Athlete and the Earl H. Dean The College of New Jersey Scholar-Leader-Athlete is Bellamy.
In addition to the two collegiate players and 21 high school Scholar-Athlete-Leaders there were several other adult awards the Chapter bestowed: Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes (Robert F. Casciola Distinguished American), the Bordentown Military Institute (George O’Gorman Contribution to Amateur Football), North Hunterdon’s Kevin Kley (Hank Johns Coach Award), Mike Rowan, of the Hopewell Valley Pop Warner (Contribution to Youth Football), Cooper Briehler, of the Hopewell Valley/Robbinsville Pop Warner (Delaware Valley Little Scholar), Fernando Santana, of SONJ (Eunice Shriver Champion Award), Bill Quirk, the longtime Hun Athletic Director (Nick Gusz Good Guy Award) and Sean Miller, of the Times of Trenton (Tony Persichilli Meritorious Service Award).
After a tough first two years that saw Christopher play in four games as a Tigers freshman and have his sophomore season taken away by the pandemic he was determined to be a factor as a junior, and he was.
Christopher’s last two season he had 41 tackles and always rose to the occasion in those Princeton rivalry games.
He was graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and he has a strong passion for reading, creative writing and music.
A Hershey, Pennsylvania native his career goal is to attend law school to become an attorney in the business and employment sector.
Christopher isinterning at Maverick Strategies in Harrisburg, Pa., and with the Princeton Athletic Operations.
Bellamy was a very effective wide receiver at TCNJ and a threat every time he fielded a kickoff.
He had 24 catches the last two season and he registered 63 yards in kickoff returns.
Bellamy is a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. He is a two-time selection to the New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
The TCNJ senior does his share of volunteer work, he works at the Marisa Rose Charity All-Star game in Middlesex County and he does other work for the Marisa Tufaro Foundation.
He chose Criminal Justice so that he can protect, serve and give back to his community.
A two-time state champion when at Piscataway, he has proven to be quite a champion off the field as well.
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