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Metro Brief: Coolidge football team wins praise for on and off field prowess

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On February 5, 2012

Under the leadership of Coach Natalie Randolph, members of the Coolidge Senior High School football team strive to compete at the highest levels on the gridiron and in the classroom. So, when Washington Redskins safety Oshiomogho "OJ" Atogwe challenged DC-area football programs to compete for highest grade-point average during the fall, the Coolidge Colts stepped up their game and reached their goal.

  The Oshiomogho Atogwe I Am Foundation of the Institute for Science and Health will present Coolidge SHS with a check for $10,000 ($5,000 from the foundation and an additional $5,000 from the NFL as part of a matching grant program) for winning the challenge with a 3.068 team GPA. Warren County High School of Virginia, the runner up with a 3.060 GPA, will receive a check for $5,000 to go toward football equipment.

  "Oftentimes, what separates a good player from a great player is the amount of preparation and study they put into understanding the mental side of football," Atogwe said. "The same holds true for excellence in the classroom; you have to be committed and prepared to give your best effort."

  Through an approach that considers the players' lives beyond high school and football, Coach Randolph motivates students to succeed in the classroom and sacrifices her time to ensure that her players develop strong characters and academic strength – as well as football skills.

For more information on the Oshiomogho Atogwe I Am Foundation, call (314) 369-4074 or email

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