5th Academic Player of the Year Award
December 23, 2014 – Jesup, GA – The Bone and Joint Institute of South Georgia attended In the Game magazine’s Annual Southeast Georgia High School Football Awards Banquet as the sponsor of The Academic Player of the Year Award for the 5th consecutive year. The banquet, held at the newly renovated Waycross City Auditorium on December 15th, featured keynote speaker Brian Jordan, former All Star outfielder for the Atlanta Braves. The annual event highlights southeast Georgia players and coaches for excellence in athletics and academics. In addition, one recipient is recognized each year with a Humanitarian Award.
The 2014 Bone & Joint Institute Academic Player of the Year was awarded to Hudson Jordan of Camden County High School. It was presented by Dr. Christopher E. Swanson of the Bone & Joint Institute.
Balancing a full load of advanced placement courses and honors classes, along with the physical demands of football, scholar athlete Jordan surpassed the elite status of a 4.0 GPA by obtaining a 4.42 and will graduate in the top ten of his class. His resume includes membership of the National Honor Society, the National Hispanic Honor Society, the Beta Club, and volunteer work at the White Oak Conservation Center in Camden County. The senior kicker was the leading scorer for the Camden High Wildcats, a team that was ranked as high as number two in their class. Jordan finished the 2014 season having made 6 of 10 field goals and 33 of 37 extra point attempts. After graduating, Jordan plans to attend Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida where he will be part of the Zoo Animal Technology Program for 5 semesters. Upon completion of the program, he plans to transfer to the University of Georgia and earn a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and pursue a career as a wildlife biologist.
“For 5 years now, we have had the honor of sponsoring In the Game’s Football Banquet and the Academic Player of the Year Award. Each year, we’re inspired by all the nominees and winners who excel in all they do,” said Dr. Swanson. “Dr. Kenerly, Dr. Valosen, and I extend our congratulations to the 2014 winner, Hudson Jordan, on all of his achievements both athletically and academically.”
In the Game magazine is a monthly publication that features outstanding student athletes from over 120 public and private schools in Southeast Georgia. Other 2014 banquet winners were: Rosheem Collins – Coastal-Pines Technical College Defensive Player of the Year; Terrell Carter – PrimeSouthBank/Walker Jones/Flash Foods Offensive Player of the Year; MJ Fuller – In the Game Middle School Player of the Year; Antonio Wimbush – Crosby of Camden Special Teams Player of the Year; Mike Williams – Farah and Farah Forward Progress Award; Coach Sean Pender – Crosby Cadillac GMC Nissan Coach of the Year; and Randy Dixon – Mayo Clinic Health System of Waycross Humanitarian Award.
The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia provides comprehensive orthopaedic care, and features the Joint Commission accredited Surgery Center in Jesup, digital surgical suites designed exclusively for orthopedic surgeries, on-site x-ray services, and open MRIs in Jesup and Waycross, each awarded with accreditation from the American College of Radiology. Doctors J. Lex Kenerly, J. Matthew Valosen, and Christopher E. Swanson offer comprehensive, compassionate orthopedic care to 13 Southeast Georgia counties. Bone & Joint Institute’s main office is located in Jesup with satellite offices in Baxley, Hinesville, and Waycross.