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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fred Mitchell Award October 2014 Recognizees, part 2

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 29 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of October.

The annual Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award is provided to the nation's top collegiate place-kicker among more than 750 FCS, Division II, III, NAIA and NJCAA football teams. The Award is named for Fred Mitchell, the record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award is chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The Award's Watch List is released in late July, top performers are recognized monthly during the college football season, and the winner (who is not required to be on the Watch List) is announced in mid-December. The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented each February at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

In alphabetical order, the second third of the honorees for October 2014 are:

PAUL GRAHAM Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Freshman from Commerce Township, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 60 points from 10 of 10 FG’s and 30 of 30 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 33-30 loss against Northern Michigan on October 18 including season-long 47-yard FG….packaged food at Gleaners Food Bank which is the largest not-for-profit organization providing food for hungry neighbors in Detroit and surrounding cities ... served as a coach in the NFL Play 60 Youth Camp that was held at Wayne State ... tutored fellow student-athletes in English during study table….participated in multiple Warrior Wednesdays where student-athletes distribute breakfast to fellow students and instructors as they arrive on campus 

ALEX HALLWACHS Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri) – Division III 
Junior from Chagrin Falls, OH.….leads the team in scoring with 45 points from 8 of 13 FG’s and 21 of 23 PAT’s….51-yard FG against Centre on September 27 is career high and 2nd longest in school history….tied school record going 8 of 8 in PAT’s in 59-19 win against Hendrix on October 11….Koaches 4 Kids volunteer…volunteered for 8 weeks to help young children in the inner city develop leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer 

KRESIMIR IVKOVIC John Carroll University (Ohio) – Division III 
Senior from Euclid, OH … 2nd on the 7th ranked Blue Streaks in scoring with 64 points from 6 of 10 FG’s and 46 of 49 PAT’s … tied school’s all-time record with 35th FG against Capital on October 25….set the single-game JCU record with 11 PAT’s made in 80-0 win against Marietta on October 18…became school’s all-time leader in PAT’s against the Pioneers and now has 154 career PAT’s made….OAC Special Teams Player of the Week for performance against Marietta which included 11 PAT’s and 1 FG....averaging 62 yards on 63 kickoffs….point person behind Kick-It campaign to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer on JCU’s campus … Kick-It is a program designed to raise money for pediatric, adolescent and young adult cancer research … volunteers for Cultivating the Community, an initiative where the football team interacts with surrounding communities to drive positive growth … helped clean, paint and perform yard work at Saint Thomas Aquinas Elementary through Volunteers for Cultivating the Community … tutors elementary students in reading and mathematics once a week through Champs Roxboro, a grant-funded enriched program designed to serve the needs of at-risk youth in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District … coaches youth soccer team as part of Croatian Community of Cleveland … volunteered to help teach kicking and punting at the John Carroll University and Penn Hills High School camps … Worked Pre Cana at St. Basil 

REED JAMES Southwest Mississippi Community College - NJCAA 
reshman from Madison, MS … leads the team scoring with 44 points from 6 of 10 FG’s and 26 of 26 PAT’s …scored 10 points in 52-10 win over Coahoma Community College on October 9….averaging 60 yards on 19 kickoffs…volunteer mentor to two elementary school students in Bridges of Madison County Big Brother Big Sister program….Madison Chamber of Commerce Junior Ambassador assisting area businesses and volunteering during city events…church youth group volunteer including participation in local missions 

ADAM KELLER North Dakota State University – FCS 
Senior from Lewisberry, PA….leads the #1 ranked Bison in scoring with 80 points from 17 of 20 FG’s and 29 of 29 PAT’s…. scored 17 points in 47-7 win over South Dakota on October 25….set school record with 5 FG’s made against Montana…volunteer coach for Tri-City seventh grade soccer team…Rosewood Nursing Home volunteer…middle school tutor to special needs students….Special Olympics volunteer….Blue Key Honor Society Member 

SHANE KELLY Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) – Division III 
Junior from Cincinnati, OH…leads the team in scoring with 55 points from 6 of 8 FG’s and 37 of 40 PAT’s…scored 9 points in 53-28 win over Hanover on October 11 including season-high 48-yard FG…averaging 55 yards on 58 kickoffs,… licensed at home provider for children and adults with special needs….adaptive ski instructor at Perfect North Slopes during the winter… recently completed his fourth annual campout for 25 Forest Hills School District high school and incoming high school special needs students, including recruiting and coordinating 12 student peers to create a one-on-one outdoors and overnight camping experience….serves on a non-profit Board for a charter school created for kids with special needs 

THOMAS KINNEY Southern Illinois University – FCS 
Senior from McHenry, IL….2nd on the Salukis in scoring with 59 points from 9 of 16 FG’s and 32 of 32 PAT’s….…. scored 11 points in 41-10 win over South Dakota on October 4…. averaging 62 yards on 52 kickoffs….volunteered with the football team in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring fundraisers in 2013 and 2014 to combat hunger and assist Good Samaritan Ministries and the Murphysboro Food Pantry….Special Olympics volunteer with the football team 

AVERY LLEWELLYN Colorado School of Mines – Division II 
Junior from Durango, CO….leads the team in scoring with 80 points from 14 of 20 FG’s and 38 of 40 PAT’s…. scored 14 points in 44-37 win over Western New Mexico on October 11….averaging 64 yards on 56 kickoffs….Project Merry Christmas volunteer in Durango where he worked with Durango Fire Department to deliver gifts to local families 

ABDUL MAHDI Saint Xavier University (Illinois) - NAIA 
Freshman from Chicago, IL….leads the Cougars in scoring with 56 points from 8 of 11 FG’s and 32 of 36 PAT’s…. scored 17 points in 53-26 win over St. Francis (Indiana) on October 11…. scored 6 points in 48-46 win over then-#11 William Penn on October 25….averaging 55 yards on 52 kickoffs….volunteered to help paint his high school alma mater in Chicago, Bogan High School….recently spent a day volunteering to clean-up Marquette Park, the largest park on the Southwest side of Chicago at 323 acres 

MICHAEL MARANDO Fordham University (New York) – FCS 
Senior from Brooklyn, NY….2nd on the team in scoring with 78 points from 12 of 16 FG’s and 42 of 42 PAT’s….scored 12 points in 48-27 win over Lehigh on October 25….averaging 59 yards on 64 kickoffs….worked with Habitat for Humanity Westchester in Breezy Point, N.Y. (close to his home in Brooklyn) as part of Sandy Saturday’s, helping the neighborhood recover from Hurricane Sandy (cleaned up debris, helped rebuild houses and more)… participated with P. O. T. S. (Part of the Solution) program serving lunch to homeless people and those who could not afford every meal of the day while also assisting in the P.O.T.S. pantry… participated with the Reach Out and Read program which seeks to provide parents/guardians and children with the knowledge, support, and materials necessary to make books a part of their lives (read stories aloud to children in the waiting area)

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