In May of 2017, the BFA partnered with PartnerRe to create the Kenneth “Smokey” Thompson Athlete Sponsorship Award. This annual award is presented to a standout National Academy player, selected by the National Academy Coaches. Kenneth “Smokey” Thompson was a much loved employee of PartnerRe until his untimely passing in 2014. The Company wanted to honor his legacy and his infectious passion for football by giving back to the community. The first recipient of the Kenneth “Smokey” Thompson Sponsorship Award was Jadae Steede-Hill‎. As a result of receiving this Award, Jadae was able to participate in a weeklong intensive training at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. We are very grateful for this partnership with PartnerRe. Their support provides the BFA with another opportunity for our National Academy players to continue their football development.