One could argue that ballet and football might not have that much in common, yet both require fancy footwork, stamina and determination. So it’s somewhat fitting that the winner of this year’s Benny Award for Benefits Leadership in Retirement Planning, Dana Hammonds of the NFL Players Association, wanted to be a dancer as a child.

In high school, Hammonds attended the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., putting in an extra two to three hours a day of dance training on top of her academic studies.

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