Priore named one of five finalists for Rare Disease Champion Award

Joey Feminella with head coach Chuck Priore on gamedays

Jan. 6, 2014


Harrisburg, Pa. - Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore has been named one of five finalists for the 2014 Rare Disease Champion Award, Uplifting Athletes announced on Monday afternoon.

"On behalf of the Stony Brook football team, I'm humbled to be one of the five finalists for this award," Priore said. "But this is about Joey Feminella, and his effect on me and our football team. Joey truly is a special person. He's an integral part of this team and will continue to be."

Joey was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, an aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer, at the age of five. After surgery and three years of radiation, Joey, whose cancer is in remission, was adopted by the Stony Brook football team through the Friends of Jaclyn program, which aims to improve the life of children battling pediatric brain tumors.

Since joining the Seawolves in 2009, Joey, who is a co-captain, helped lead the team to four straight Big South Championships and two appearances in the FCS playoffs.

The award is presented annually to a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community. Currently, more than 30 million Americans are affected by rare diseases.

Voting for the award, which starts today and goes through Friday, January 31, is being conducted online.  To vote for Priore and Joey, CLICK HERE

The winner of the award will be announced at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala on March 14, 2014 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City.

Along with Priore, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, Texas quarterback Case McCoy, Utah linebacker Trevor Reilly and Nebraska fullback C.J. Zimmerer also are nominees.