501 Football Team sponsors named

501 LIFE is teaming up with three local businesses to present the eighth edition of the 501 Football Team, celebrating student-athletes who are making contributions on and off the field.

“501 LIFE is excited to be partnering with this year’s team sponsors –  Conway Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, Conway Regional Health System and First Security Bank,” said publisher Sonja J. Keith. “We have an exceptional group of young men on this year’s team who are not only doing well on the football field, they are giving back to help others. We are proud to celebrate their accomplishments and want to thank our sponsors for their support.”

As has been the tradition, this year’s team has representatives from each of the 11 counties in the 501 – from Heber Springs and Clinton to Malvern and Bismarck.

Conway Regional Health System, First Security Bank and Conway Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine are the sponsors for this year’s 501 Football Team, which will be announced in the Aug. 16 edition of 501 Sports Extra as well as in the annual edition of 501 Football and the September issue of 501 LIFE, which both will publish in August.

“First Security is all about community and ‘Making Better Happen,’ which includes football in the 501,” said First Security Bank’s Margaret Smith. “We are proud of these athletes and their accomplishments. They are ‘Making Better Happen’ for their teams.”

Players were nominated by their respective coaches and selected by the 501 LIFE staff.

“Football and the young people who play and contribute to the sport are an important part of our community in the 501,” said Matt Troup, president and CEO of Conway Regional Health System. “Many Conway Regional families are in the bleachers on Friday nights cheering on their favorite athletes and teams. Conway Regional athletic trainers also provide coverage for many of Faulkner County’s senior high football teams. Conway Regional donated water can be found in concession stands throughout Faulkner County.

“With this community spirit in mind, we are excited to help recognize these outstanding young people for their contributions on and off the field.”

“For over 25 years, Conway Orthopaedics (COSMC) has been dedicated to the student athlete,” said Todd Greer, administrator. “We are happy to support the 501 team again this year! Please let us know how we can help you succeed both on and off the field (ConwayOrtho.com).”

Each player will be featured in an online story in 501 Sports Extra and 501lifemag.com starting in mid-August.