University of Toledo senior Greg Mancz has been named one of 12 finalists for the 2014 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best exhibits exemplary community service.Mancz, a two-time All-Mid-American Conference offensive lineman, has been heavily involved in community and volunteer activities. He:
• Is a member of the UT Football Team Leadership Council that organizes volunteer community service activities.
• Is a member of the UT Football Leadership Board that makes all team decisions on discipline and practice adjustments.
• Served as UT Student-Athlete Advisory Council president for 2013-14.
• Is on the MAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
• Served as vice president for Athletes in Action at UT for 2013-14.
• Was on the board for Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2013-14 .
• Handed out Valentine’s Day cards at the Toledo Children’s Hospital .
• Created multiple events at the local Boys and Girls Club, getting more than 50 athletes from multiple teams to play on various occasions.
• Participated in numerous visits to local community grade schools to communicate with and educate children on college and athletics.
• Helped organize UT football team’s wheelchair football game vs. Toledo Crash (a wheelchair football team for those with disabilities) in April.
• Assisted with the kids’ marathon as part of the Glass City Marathon in UT’s Glass Bowl in April.
“Greg Mancz is an outstanding young man and a role model for younger players in our program,” said Toledo Head Football Coach Matt Campbell. “Even though he has tremendous pressures on his time because of football and academics, Greg always finds time to volunteer for community and campus activities. He is a perfect example of the type of student-athlete that helps make The University of Toledo such a valuable part of our community.”
This is the 10th anniversary of the Wuerffel Trophy, an award named after former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to the 1996 national championship, played six years in the National Football League, and has received national recognition for his humanitarian and community service efforts with Desire Street Ministries in New Orleans and around the country.
A football player is nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy by his university or college sports information director or football liaison. A committee, which includes the Wuerffel Trophy national directors, selection committee members and past winners, will vote on the finalists later this month, and the winner will be formally announced Tuesday, Dec. 9. The 2014 Wuerffel Trophy will be presented to the winner at the All Sports Association’s 46th Annual Awards Banquet Friday, Feb. 13, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.