Doing good in the community

Submitted to PrepsKC

By Submitted to PrepsKC
Posted: December 21, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long foundation held its annual Holiday luncheon on December 19th at the Westin Crown Center in KC. Up to 200 attended to celebrate three finalists for the fifth annual Derrick Thomas Community Service Award winner. This award goes to a varsity football team member who excels in community service in his town. Derrick Thomas was a Hall of Fame linebacker who excelled on the football field, but he also gave unselfishly of his time to sack illiteracy for 58 kids in grades 3-5. His dream still lives on 17 years after his death. The event was well attended with guest speakers Frank White, Jehu Chesson of the KC Chiefs, our students and Neil Smith.

The three finalists received plenty:

Ian Woolway, offensive left tackle for St. Thomas Aquinas Saints received a $500 scholarship. Finn Giddings, fullback for the Liberty North Eagles received a $500 scholarship.

Bennie Lewis IV, wide receiver from Lincoln College Prep Academy Tigers took top honors with a $1,000 scholarship. The big trophy will reside for the next year at Lincoln College Prep Academy, while Bennie keeps a smaller version of the award.

A Papa John’s pizza party for each of these three varsity football programs.