Wingstop Recognizes D-FW High School Athletes



Wingstop celebrated the accomplishments of five talented Dallas-Fort Worth high school athletes with a special reception and awards presentation at the KTVT-TV CBS studios in Fort Worth on June 7.

The Richardson, Texas-based wing chain honored student athletes throughout the semester during its High School Scholar Athlete of the Month program. Since then, five athletes from around D-FW high schools received recognition in the program’s inaugural year.

“Our High School Scholar Athlete of the Month program is a great way to honor outstanding and talented student athletes from the D-FW area,” said Rex Heckelman, president of the Wingstop DFW Advertising Co-op. “These five students have shown time and time again how dedicated they are to their teams, schools, academics, volunteering and extracurricular activities. We couldn’t be happier with this year’s honorees.”

When the program launched in January, Wingstop and KTVT-TV CBS invited viewers, athletic directors, coaches and members of the community to nominate exceptional athletes in the Metroplex to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Wingstop.

Wingstop Recognizes D-FW High School Athletes

Wingstop Recognizes D-FW High School Athletes. From left, Rex Heckelman, Wingstop franchise owner and president of the D-FW advertising co-op, Carolyn Conely, Nolan Catholic High School-Fort Worth, Timothy Ryan Chism, Midlothian High School-Midlothian, Ethan Roberts, Rowlett High School-Rowlett, Bailey Shepherd, Birdville High School-North Richland Hills, Pam McWhorter, Wingstop Franchise Owner, and Teddy Croft, Coppell High School, Coppell.

“We’ve had a tremendous amount of nominations in our first year of the High School Scholar Athlete of the Month program, and we’re very eager to see what talented students next year’s nominations bring our way,” added Heckelman. “This program is a great way for Wingstop to get involved with our community and honor deserving students.”

During a Wingstop-catered banquet on June 7, the athletes received $1,000 scholarship checks along with a certificate of appreciation. The banquet was held at the KTVT-TV CBS Ft. Worth studios where the program was recorded and on-air talent stopped by and met the student athletes.

The five scholar athletes came from all across D-FW high schools. Recipients included Bailey Shepherd, Birdville High School in North Richland Hills, Teddy Croft, Coppell High School, Carolyn Conely, Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Ethan Roberts, Rowlett High School and Timothy Ryan Chism, Midlothian High School.

Nominations for Wingstop’s Scholar Athlete of the Month program for the 2012 – 2013 school year will begin in August.

Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Wingstop has 500 restaurants open across the United States and Mexico. The Wingstop menu features 10 wing flavors including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, Hickory Smoked BBQ and the newest offering, Louisiana Rub. Wings are made fresh, cooked-to-order and customers can also choose from homemade side dishes including Wingstop’s award winning fresh-cut seasoned fries. Wingstop has experienced eight consecutive years of positive sales increases, was named a Top 10 Best Franchise Deal by QSR magazine, and has been voted ‘best wings’ in markets across the country. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, has served as the chain’s national spokesman since 2003 and recently joined the Wingstop Board of Directors. Wingstop was acquired in 2010 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. For more information visit wingstop.com, wingstopfranchise.com or facebook.com/Wingstop.