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The United States Marine Corps is recognizing exemplary student-athletes across the country through the Semper Fidelis All-American Program. Now in its fourth year, the program features approximately 100 student-athletes selected from across the country based on their athletic prowess, academic success, and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment.

Rachael Fantoni from Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, MA is among those selected to this year’s class of Semper Fidelis All-Americans.

In recognition of the importance of building a support system to enable the success of the next generation, each All-American was given the opportunity to invite a mentor of their choosing to join them in the program. Jeff Lombard was chosen by Fantoni due to the impact that he has had in helping Fantoni achieve this honor.


Through the Semper Fidelis All-American Program, the Marine Corps engages with well-rounded student-athletes and their mentors to share leadership lessons that will enable future success.

In the face of COVID-19, the Marine Corps made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Battles Won Academy, a multi-day experience in Washington, D.C. typically held in July. The Battles Won Academy involves daily workouts, an immersive experience on Marine Corps Base Quantico, a community service event, team-building outings, and a tour of our Nation’s Capital. The Semper Fidelis All-American Program Recognition Tour is being conducted nationwide to honor the achievements of the 2020 class of student-athletes and mentors in their hometowns.

Rachael Fantoni, along with their mentor, Jeff Lombard, were recognized at a local presentation at Old Rochester Regional High School on Tuesday, November 24.

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