Dec. 16, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - A Tulane-New Orleans tradition in the Ninth Ward continued last week when the Fellowship Foundation once again honored a pair of Tulane football players during its annual pre-Christmas Dinner on Friday, Dec. 9 at Martin Luther King Jr. Science and Technology. This year's honorees were senior Joe Kemp, who received the Most Inspirational Award, and sophomore Julius Warmsley was presented with the Top Scholar Award.
For the past 22 years, the Fellowship Foundation has honored both high schools and collegians, including two Tulane football players based on the recommendation of the TU football staff. Charles Alexander is the President and Founder of the Fellowship Foundation and has partnered with Tulane Athletics since its inception.
A 6'4', 204-pound senior receiver from North Richland Hills, Texas, Kemp completed the 2011 season with 28 receptions for 272 yards and one touchdown and completed his lone pass completion of the year for 35 yards. Kemp's touchdown reception came during Tulane's 49-10 romp over Conference USA rival UAB. During the preseason, Kemp served his country when he underwent six weeks training to become a United States Marine Corps Officer. Kemp is scheduled to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines on July 8, 2012.
Warmsley hails from Baton Rouge and is a 6'2" 281-pound defensive end who played in all 13 games this past season and ranked second on the team in sacks (5.5), tied for second in fumble recoveries (1), third in tackles for loss (6.0), tied for fourth in pass break-ups (3), and 11th with 27 tackles (17 solo, 10 assists). He ranks eighth in Conference USA for sacks per game and posted a career-best six tackles (4 solo, 2 assists) to go with 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack vs. Syracuse and had a five tackles (4 solo, 1 assist) and a career-high 3.0 sacks vs. Southeastern Louisiana. Warmsley currently holds a 3.411 in management.
The New Orleans Saints continue to play an important role with the Fellowship Foundation. Saints punter Thomas Morestead and offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod represented the team at the event and each player spoke to the group about role models, the importance of getting education, making "good choices" and surrounding themselves with the "right" people throughout their lives. The group also handed out Saints gear as prizes during the always-popular trivia game.
The elementary and middle schools in New Orleans area that are under the Fellowship Foundation umbrella were present at the event, including students from Martin Luther King Jr. Science and Technology and McDonogh 35 Senior High School.
Fellowship Foundation- New Orleans
The Fellowship Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit youth organization which was organized in an effort to attack the Juvenile delinquency concerns experienced within the inner-city areas of New Orleans. The Fellowship Foundation's mission is to help instill a positive self-image among young males in the community by creating positive attitudes toward higher education, developing moral values, self-esteem, and leadership skills, while promoting cultural, historical and spiritual development.
Special thanks to Sue Bower for her contribution to this story