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1112, 2023

Ottawa’s Reeves 2023 Fred Mitchell Award winner

By |December 11th, 2023|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|

The road to glory and success often includes a few potholes and detours.

Landon Reeves of Ottawa University in Arizona has experienced that journey on the way to winning the 2023 Fred Mitchell Award as the best kicker among more than 750 non-FBS colleges in America.

Landon Reeves is the 2023 Fred Mitchell Award winner.

“Personally, for me, I think everyone has ups and downs, especially in any position you play in any sport,” Reeves said as he received the news that he is this year’s winner. “I’ve just been very grateful for the people that have been around me, especially for the community that I grew up in, out in Idalou, Texas, just very grateful that they’ve always had my back no matter what.”

Reeves credits his mother for supporting him and lifting his spirits while he trained at […]

3008, 2022

Sayers’ bronze statue unveiling “bittersweet” for his widow

By |August 30th, 2022|Categories: Chicago Bears|0 Comments

The recent dedication of a Gale Sayers statue in Omaha, Neb., offered a precious opportunity for friends and longtime acquaintances to extend emotional support for the Sayers family.

Sayers, who passed away Sept. 23, 2020, was an iconic Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears who was further immortalized because of his relationship with teammate Brian Piccolo. They became […]

2208, 2022

Sister Jean’s urgent plea: “Work with people of other cultures and try to understand each other” 

By |August 22nd, 2022|Categories: Main|0 Comments

As she celebrates her 103rd birthday, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt offers sage advice for young students, parents and our nation as a whole.

The longtime Loyola University men’s basketball chaplain and internationally renowned symbol of ecumenical optimism and grace, spoke to me over the weekend about her views of today’s young generation and the future of our society.

“I think if we […]

808, 2022

Lloyd McClendon calls Gary Sports Hall of Fame induction “special”

By |August 8th, 2022|Categories: MLB|0 Comments

The inaugural Gary Sports Hall of Fame ceremony was an enormous success as 12 former local athletes were inducted in the main auditorium of Indiana University Northwest.

Alex Karras, Tom Harmon, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Ron Kittle, George Taliaferro, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, Lee Calhoun, Hank Stram, Rhonda Brady, Tony Zale, Dick Barnett and Lloyd McClendon were recognized for their estimable accomplishments […]

2406, 2022

Patrick Arbor, former Chicago Board of Trade chairman, joins Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee

By |June 24th, 2022|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|0 Comments

Internationally acclaimed businessman and philanthropist Patrick Arbor (right) joins the Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee.

Patrick Arbor, former longtime chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and a prominent community supporter, has joined the Selection Committee for the Fred Mitchell Award.

Arbor has backed numerous local, national and international initiatives and continues his worldwide travels. The Fred Mitchell Award annually has […]

1312, 2021

Ethan Ratke feels “lifted up” after winning Fred Mitchell Award

By |December 13th, 2021|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|0 Comments

In 2009, the National Football Foundation made me the namesake for an annual award that honors the most outstanding kicker among over 750 colleges in America. For that, this old straight-on kicker remains forever grateful, especially to Chicago chapter chairman Chris Kearney.

In addition to kicking performance, community service is considered by our 35-man selection committee, which includes several members of […]

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