Springfield, Mass. - November 25, 2019 - Springfield College senior Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.) is part of an accomplished slate of players, coaches and officials to be honored at the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, December 19 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Bainter is one of two recipients of the 74th annual Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for exceptional achievement in academics, athletics, sportsmanship, and citizenship. The senior offensive lineman became just the second Springfield College football player to ever win the award, joining Chris Hayden, who was honored in 2017. Considered the club's most prestigious honor, Bainter is the lone honoree from both Division II and III, while Harvard's Jake McIntyre was recognized in the FBS/FCS category.
A Criminal Justice major with a 3.68 grade point average, Bainter was D3football.com Preseason All-America first team honoree and led an offensive line that helped produce the best rushing attack in Division III football this season, averaging 357 yards on the ground per game. A 2019 semifinalist for the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy®, an award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, Bainter collected CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for the first time in his career this season and helped the Pride rank 10th at the Division III level in time of possession, averaging 33:58 per game.
As an an active member in the Criminal Justice Club as both the student aid and treasurer, Bainter has been a part of active campus campaigns to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle choices and how students and police can unite across the campus. A finalist for the Springfield College Student Trustee position, he has also been a participant in Revitalize Springfield, working in the local community with elementary students and cleaning neighborhoods. As an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus, he often attends Halftime on Wednesdays in the campus chapel and helps lead a pre-game service called RTP- Relationships, Talent, and Purpose, helping athletes understand their role far beyond the playing field and how they have a platform through sports to engage others. Bainter has also been a part of two organizations directly through his role as a member of the football team, Team IMPACT and St. Baldrick's. He was also one of 137 student-athletes from across the nation nominated for the 2019 Allstate/American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®.
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