MVC honors Avila with Leadership & Service Award

    Juan Carlos Avila

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    Nov. 6, 2013

    ST. LOUIS - Senior Juan Carlos Avila has been honored with the Missouri Valley Conference’s Leadership & Service Award (formerly the Good Neighbor Award), the conference announced today. The award honors the achievements of exceptional student-athletes. Avila is one of 10 student-athletes who have been named by Commissioner Doug Elgin as the honorees for the 2013-14 fall season.

    MVC Release

    In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.  Institutions select their MVC Leadership & Service Award honorees.

    Avila, a senior linebacker, suffered a career-ending injury but has remained with the team as a student assistant. His community service and achievements include:

    • Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Member (Current Vice-President)
    • Dean's List
    • MVFC Conference Honor Roll
    • SIU Saluki Scholar
    • MVFC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award
    • Creator/Organizer of Every Dawg Has Its Day (children experiencing the football game experience)
    • Student Director of Valiant Player (Student-athlete weekly visits to a local hospital)
    • Good Samaritan House Souper Bowl of Caring Events - collected donations for local food pantry
    • Victory Dream Center (Salukis Kicking It for Hunger)
    • MVC/State Farm "Just Read" participant
    • Southern Illinois Heart Walk - created event to collect donations for American Heart Association
    • SIU Athletics Santa's Shoeboxes - fill shoeboxes with gifts for children attending SIU HeadStart
    • Natalie's Toy Drive - collected toys for children with cancer at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis
    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Give Kids a Smile
    • Cairo Upward Bound
    • Good Samaritan House Painting

    This year’s other fall honorees include Nathan Davis, Bradley, Men's Cross Country; Conor Wells, Drake, Men's Cross Country, Kevin Schafer, Evansville, Men's Soccer; Kristen Zillmer, Illinois State, Women's Cross Country; Zakee Bashir, Indiana State, Football; Tricia Stonebraker, Loyola, Women's Soccer; Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State, Football; David Johnson, UNI, Football; and Justin Scott, Wichita State, Men's Cross Country.