ATHENS — Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell is among eight student-athletes nationwide who are finalists for the Haier Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes success beyond sports.
Presented in partnership with the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the winner will be determined by an online vote from Wednesday to the end of March at www.HaierAchievement.com. The winner will earn a $5,000 donation and another Haier LED HD television. Additionally, all fans who vote will be entered into a drawing to win a Haier LED HD television. Mitchell, along with all the finalists has already earned a $2,000 donation to UGA’s general scholarship fund.
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Mitchell studied communications at UGA and graduated this past year. In addition to being a standout wide receiver for the Bulldogs, he evolved from struggling to read in high school to becoming an avid reader in college and eventually a childhood reading advocate. He famously joined a women’s book club, wrote a book about the wonders of reading titled “The Magician’s Hat,” and formed the Read With Malcolm childhood literacy initiative.
Mitchell is currently training for the NFL Draft. He ran a 4.45 40-yard dash and made a highlight-reel catch at last week’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis. He finished his college career with 172 receptions for 2,350 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The other finalists are:
- Imani Boyette, women’s basketball, Texas: An accounting major who has overcome suicide attempts and molestation, uses slam poetry to share her story and inspire others while also serving as a team representative of SAAC.
- Megan Fish, women’s soccer player UCF: The psychology major overcame the loss of her father to cancer following her 13th birthday and a torn ACL in her freshman season. She discovered her passion of using sports for social change after community service projects in the Caribbean.
- Emily Fogle, women’s swimming, Purdue: The senior swimmer’s hip injury that involved three surgeries coupled with the sudden death of her mother led to a bout with anorexia that hospitalized her. Emily returned to the pool and from these experiences the Human Services major was inspired to pursue her master’s in Social Work to help other, just like those who helped her.
- Jesse Gunter, men’s wrestling, Baldwin Wallace University: A senior wrestler who is fully blind in one eye and 90 percent in the other is a two-time D3 All-American and has achieved a 3.3 GPA in Accounting and Education while volunteering with special needs children.
- Femi Hollinger-Janzen, men’s soccer, Indiana: A recreation/sports management major who was left for dead with a deformed leg after his birth in Africa before being adopted by an American family. Femi has been an Academic All-Big 10 Honoree and a Hoosier HEROES student-athlete peer mentor.
- Brittany Snow, women’s basketball, Stony Brook: A psychology major with a 3.67 GPA, she is a Dean’s List student and a member of the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll, a CoSIDA Academic All-District I first team member and has volunteered at numerous community service events.
- Kelly Thomson, women’s basketball, Kansas State: A junior women’s basketball player and a Health/Nutritional Studies major, she suffered two ACL injuries but has been a motivated student and community leader. Kelly is the VP of the K-State’s SAAC & has participated in numerous community outreach programs.