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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fred Mitchell Award September 2014 Recognizees, part 2

The Fred Mitchell Award recognized 24 place-kickers for their excellence on the football field and in the community during the month of September.

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 September 2014 are:

PAUL GRAHAM Wayne State University (Michigan) – Division II 
Freshman from Commerce Township, MI….2nd on the team in scoring with 32 points from 5 of 5 FG’s and 17 of 17 PAT’s….scored 11 points in 41-31 win over then-#13 Carson Newman on September 13 including season-long 42-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 

STEVE GRZYWACZ Stonehill College (Massachusetts) – Division II 
Junior from Manchester, NH.….2nd on the Skyhawks in scoring with 17 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 8 of 8 PAT’s….ranks 4th in the Northeast-10 for FG’s made and 5th for kicker scoring… became the program’s all-time leader for career FG’s made (22) at American International on September 20…scored 6 points in 24-17 win at rival Bentley, the Skyhawks first in Waltham since 1995, with a FG extending the lead to 7 points in the 4th quarter…scored 7 points 33-19 win over Merrimack on September 27….volunteers for a mentoring program with the Brockton High School chapter of Let's Get Ready, a program that offers counseling and free SAT prep to students from low income families… served as a math coach which involved working with students on math skills and tips on how to take the math portion of the SAT exam… worked with sessions called "college choice” to advise students on various aspects of college prep, exploring and researching various schools, reviewing the college application process as well as helping students to register for the SAT exam… volunteers for Special Olympics at Stonehill and the Easton Elementary School Recess day program 

CONNOR HASKINS University of North Carolina at Pembroke – Division II 
Junior from Lumberton, NC….leads the Braves in scoring with 19 points from 5 of 8 FG’s and 4 of 4 PAT’s…. scored 10 points in 16-14 win over Fayetteville State on September 14….has made last 61 consecutive PAT attempts to set school record….ranks 4th all-time in school history with 174 points….averaging 61 yards on 13 kickoffs…Lumberton High School football camp volunteer….attended mission trip to Mexico with First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton 

KRESIMIR IVKOVIC John Carroll University (Ohio) – Division III 
Senior from Euclid, OH … 3rd on the Blue Streaks in scoring with 22 points from 2 of 3 FG’s and 16 of 18 PAT’s … scored 9 points in 45-7 win over Baldwin Wallace on September 27....averaging 64 yards on 23 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 
Freshman from Madison, MS … leads the team scoring with 18 points from 3 of 4 FG’s and 9 of 9 PAT’s …scored 13 points in 45-35 win over then-#9 Copiah-Lincoln on September 18….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 40 points from 9 of 9 FG’s and 13 of 13 PAT’s…. scored 16 points in 22-10 win over then-#3 Montana on September 20….set school record with 5 FG’s made against Montana….has made 13 straight FG’s and 72 straight PAT’s….ranks 3rd in FCS with 2.25 FG’s made per game and 15th in scoring with 10 points per game….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 29 points from 4 of 5 FG’s and 17 of 18 PAT’s…scored 10 points in 24-21 win at Defiance College on September 20, including the game-winning FG from 24 yards with game time expiring…averaging 53 yards on 25 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 40 points from 6 of 10 FG’s and 22 of 22 PAT’s….…. scored 10 points in 34-17 win over Western Illinois on September 27….named to 2014 College Football Performance Awards Watch List …. averaging 63 yards on 34 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

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