September 23, 2012

Kirk Rohle to Receive NCAA Award of Valor

INDIANAPOLIS, IN-Former Division III football student-athletes Kirk Rohle and Ben Rogers have been best friends since age 8. The two met at a youth football camp and grew up across the street from one another in Mechanicsville, Va. Their friendship evolved on the football field at Hanover High School and a brotherhood formed at the collegiate level, when both chose to play for Hampden-Sydney College in Richmond.

Kirk Rohle was instrumental in Hampden-Sydney's success both as a running back and team captain for the Tigers. He rushed for over 1,093 yards in 2011, which was an Old Dominion Athletic Conference best.

Rohle, a running back, followed offensive lineman Rogers for years as he cleared paths and created gaps for Rohle to dart through. On Jan. 25, 2012, Rohle darted faster than ever − and this time it was Rohle who made sure Rogers knew where to go.

For his act of heroism, Rohle will be honored Jan. 18 with the NCAA's Award of Valor as part of the annual NCAA Honors Celebration.

To read the rest of Kayci Woodley's feature article on Rohle and his heroic act, click here. Details of the NCAA Awards Ceremony will follow.