Last Updated: July 28, 2015

Thomas A. Simone Award Story

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Tommy Simone was killed on April 16, 1983 when he was struck by a police patrol wagon near the location of Necco Coffee's former offices on Independence Avenue. Since then family and friends of Tommy have worked to keep his memory alive through a golf tournament that raises funds for awards, scholarships and other local charities, and a youth football tournament. The memory of a young boy full of love, courage, and friendship.

The Annual Simone Youth Football Tournament

In late August young players gather for one day to play football in front of their families and friends. The annual Simone Tournament typically draws more than 900 kids in grades 3 - 8 from all over the Kansas City area. They come to play and have some fun and that's the purpose of this annual event.

Thirty-five or more teams will compete each year in a round-robin tournament in various divisions for team awards and traveling trophies. A Most Valuable Player will be awarded a scholarship to an area football camp.

The Thomas A. Simone Memorial Football Award

The Thomas A. Simone Memorial Football Award is presented annually to the outstanding high school football player of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.

This award, established in 1931 in the name of Dr. D.M. Nigro, continued until Dr. Nigro's death in 1976. The award was reinstated by Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Simone as a tribute to their 12-year-old son, Tommy, who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in April, 1983.

The recipient of this prestigious award is selected by area coaches as the football player most representative of excellence on the playing field.

The trophy presented symbolizes the qualities of love, courage, and friendship which young Tommy so aptly displayed.

The Necco Raider Football Club

Hundreds of first through eighth grade students in the Kansas City Metro area learned the game of football from coaches of their Necco Raiders football team. Necco Coffee has sponsored the Raiders teams since 1985. The Raiders play in the North Suburban Youth Football League (NSYFL) and currently consist of six teams: First and Second Graders (Flag), Third and Fourth Graders (tackle); Fifth & Sixth Graders (tackle); and Seventh & Eight Graders (tackle). The Raider uniform includes a #73 tribute patch to honor Tommy Simone.