The Thomas A. Simone Memorial Football Award is presented annually to the most outstanding high school football player in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The award, established in 1931 in the name of Dr. D.M. Nigro, continued until Dr. Nigro's death in 1976.
No award was given from 1976-83, until the award was reinstated by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Simone as a tribute to their 12-year old son, Tommy, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in April, 1983.
The recipient of this prestigious award is selected by a vote of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) head coaches in the metro area and select media members, and given to the football player most representative of excellence on the playing field.
The trophy presented today symbolizes the qualities of love, courage and friendship -- qualities young Tommy so aptly displayed.
Along with the trophy, which resides at the high school of the recipient for a period of one year, the Simone-Fontana Foundation presents a donation of $1,000 to the athletics department of the recipients' high school.