Georgetown News
Men's Basketball - Wed, Mar. 18, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Georgetown College's Jon Elrod was honored as one of four NAIA student-athletes named Pattison Scholarship Award winners at the 2009 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship tip-off banquet on Tuesday night.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Georgetown College's Jon Elrod was honored as one of four NAIA student-athletes named Pattison Scholarship Award winners at the 2009 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Men's Basketball National Championship tip-off banquet on Tuesday night.

Elrod, a junior guard, holds a 3.98 cumulative grade point average as a pre-medicine major. As part of the award, he was given a $2,000 scholarship.

Approximately 900 student-athletes, coaches, sponsors and fans attended the annual event on the eve of tournament play. Dr. Phil and Mary Pattison, longtime NAIA supporters and honorary coaches, awarded the scholarships at the event.

Each year the Pattison family recognizes select student-athletes at the tournament who excel both on and off the court. The recipients are chosen from a field of 32 Champions of Character award nominees from each tournament team. Other scholarship recipients included Vedran Zivic (Mountain State University), Dakotah Richter (Azusa Pacific University) and Jared Stevenson (Louisiana State University-Shreveport).

"We became involved with Champions of Character because we believed in supporting the recognition of young men who truly are making a difference in their schools, homes and communities. After many years of meeting and honoring these individuals we continue to be humbled by the degree of servant leadership these men exhibit," said Dr. Phil and Mary Pattison. "We are honored to be a part of this program as we believe it is an important step in positively changing the culture of our society through athletics."

To learn more about the Champions of Character program and the Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship visit www.naia.org.

Jon Elrod is congratulated by his coach (left) Happy Osborne and parents (and 1982 Georgetown graduates) Rick and Judy Elrod. Shown above: Jon is awarded the Pattison Scholarship by Mary Pattison
 
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