Senior USF defensive end George Selvie received the Collegiate Hall of Fame Award Saturday at the fourth annual Sigma Beta Scholarship Banquet in the Marshall Center.

Selvie got the honor from the southern region of Phi Beta Sigma Inc., and the Crescent Foundation. He was also nominated for the National Emmitt Smith Award, which is presented in New Orleans during July.

“It means a lot to me,” Selvie said. “Not just getting recognized by the football world, but getting recognized by my fraternity.”

Part of Selvie’s recognition was because of his work in community service. Selvie works with football camps and participates in road cleanups on Saturdays in the offseason.

“I like doing it,” Selvie said. “I want to be a teacher when I get done with football, so that’s good for me. It’s a good experience for what I want to do in life.”

Selvie has been a member of the Gamma Eta Sigma fraternity chapter of Phi Beta Sigma for one year. He holds the position of auditor on the executive board where he helps the president, and helps with checks and balances for the treasurer.

Key speakers Saturday were Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Ricky Thomas and Bay News 9 anchor Erica Riggins, who hosted the banquet.

Thomas addressed the Sigma Beta club, encouraging the young men in the audience to “be prepared for the unexpected” and that “perseverance is necessary.” He also described his 2007 Super Bowl experience to the group and what is was like working with former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy.

The Sigma Beta club is an auxiliary group for men associated with Phi Beta Sigma, with a focus on cultural, social and athletic extracurricular activities.

The Crescent Foundation is a non-profit organization for young males between the ages of 13 and 18 and provides educational programs and social activities for the group.

— Matthew Wiley

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