Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Player Bios for FCS, Divisions II, III and NAIA Good Works Team®

Luke Drone, QB, Senior, Illinois State: Promoted and participated in American Red Cross Blood Drive for the past three years ... Helped collect 1,721 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items for Harvest of Hope Food Drive ... Helped raise $200,000 in the Bloomington-Normal community for victims of Hurricane Katrina ... Helped build a couple of houses in Juarez, Mexico ... Active with the Boys and Girls Club ... Spent a week working camp and cleaning up community members’ yards at Kilkon Navaho Indian Reservation in Arizona.

Tyler Fischer, LB, Senior, Southwest Minnesota State: YMCA Youth Day volunteer ... Helped with yard work and clean-up for elderly and disabled in Marshall community ... Participant in Mustang Readers, reading books to elementary school kids ... President of the SMSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... Officer of the Ag Club and member of the College Republicans ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Volunteered to help new students move in at SMSU.

Alan Guy, LB, Senior, Wayne State (Mich.): Participated in the Wayne State Walk for Women’s Health and Expo the past three years ... Helped clean streets and neighborhoods in Detroit for two years ... Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity ... Has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since 2004 ... Helped serve meals at St. Leo’s and St. Aloysius soup kitchens around Detroit ... Volunteer during Super Bowl XL in Detroit ... Member of the leadership committee for the football team.

Quinton Hawkins, C, Junior, Murray State: Participated in fundraisers for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ... Dressed as Santa Claus and delivered books and toys to children at campus head start center ... Spoke to a group of troubled teens at a local community center about the importance of getting an education and staying out of gangs ... Helped paint a play ground at an apartment complex ... Participated in a canned food drive for the Murray State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Mike Harriett, S, Senior, Chicago: Helped coordinate volunteers for floor hockey, snowshoeing and basketball tournaments for the Special Olympics Spring Games ... Served as a tutor through the Friends of Washington Park program, tutoring third and fourth-grade students ... Also tutored students at two area elementary schools in math and reading ... Initiated and completed several house improvement projects.

Lex Hilliard, HB, Senior, Montana: Visited many middle schools in Missoula, Whitefish and his hometown of Kalispell, and talked to students about the importance of education in relation to athletics ... Volunteer with the Missoula County Police Department ... Worked the Little Grizzly football camp for the past two years ... Volunteer for youth groups at “Day with the Grizz,” where athletes from Montana play games and talk to kids at Montana’s football stadium.

James Russell, OT, Senior, Gettysburg: Member of the executive board for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital “Up ‘Til Dawn Fundraiser,” helping raise over $120,000 ... Was a participant and helped recruit members to secure donations and raise awareness for cancer patients, survivors and victims in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life ... Helped organize golf tournament, secure donations, and attracted players and sponsors to raise money and awareness for the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Society.

Patrick Sommerstad, LB, Senior, St. Thomas (Minn.): As a member of the Knights of Columbus, helped with a Coat and Canned Food drive, a Mississippi River clean-up, worked food shelves at a local shelter, raised money for St. Mark’s Church and worked a pancake breakfast ... Tutors kids at a local elementary school ... Participated in a Hoop-A-Thon for Huntington’s Disease Society of America for four years ... Volunteered at St. John Neumann Nursery, as well as being a youth mentor.

Steve Walker, QB, Senior, North Dakota State: Visits children battling cancer at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo ... Read to students at Fargo Elementary School during “Red Ribbon Week,” and spoke to them about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking ... Involved in sandbagging for the Fargo-Moorhead community during the 2006 spring flood season ... Helps clean up trash inside and around the Bison Sports Arena ... Helped find donors for the Valentine Victory Blood Drive ... Participates in a Halloween party for area kids.

Matt Watkins, DB, Junior, Valparaiso: Participated in “Read for Fun Day” at Central Elementary School and read books and helped with arts and crafts with the students ... Helped raise money and walked in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life ... Participated in the annual Theta Chi “Couch,” by sitting on a couch for a week to raise money and gather clothes for the Spring Valley Homeless shelter ... Helped raise money and awareness for diabetes by participating in the Merrillville Diabetes Walk.

Anthony Williams, CB, Senior, Southern Illinois: Read books and performed activities with kids in the SIU Head Start program ... Volunteered at Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale by helping with special events and organizing a “Lock In” for 200 Carbondale high school kids ... Helps children with homework assignments and studying for tests at Evergreen Terrace After-School program ... Helps pick up trash and clean areas around Carbondale ... Collected monetary donations with teammates for local Carbondale homeless shelter.