His volunteer efforts in West New York and Weehawken have earned 18-year old, Memorial High School senior Bradley Manso the Super Football Conference’s Young Man of the Year Award.

Hosted by the New York Jets, the award was presented on Tuesday morning at Met Life Stadium.  A total of 113 high schools from northern New Jersey nominate a player from their school who displays outstanding volunteer and community service efforts in their hometown.  An ultimate winner is chosen after the field is narrowed down to eight finalists.

              Nominees receive a $200 scholarship, with each of the eight division winners getting a $2,000 scholarship and the ultimate Young Man of the Year recipient, in this case, Manso, getting a $5,000 scholarship.  The award is modeled after the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

              Now in its third year, the award is named for football coach Steve DiGregorio.  It goes to the student athlete who displays the qualities of community service, passion for learning and strength of character.  New York Jets Man of the Year nominee Solomon Thomas surprised Bradly with and extra gift; two tickets to this year’s Super Bowl in Las Vegas in mid-February.

              Bradley also received a locker in the Jets locker room with his nameplate, a #7 Jets jersey with his name, a Jets helmet and yearbook.

Bradley is the Memorial High School student representative on the West New York Board of Education, a certified EMT, as well as a tutor.

Congratulations to a deserving young man who has a passion for his community.  Well done.  And enjoy the big game.