UST's Mike Westland gets national service award
September 20, 2000
Wed. Sept. 20, 2000
MIAC lands two football players
on elite AFCA Good Works Team
Macalester quarterback Aaron Quitmeyer and St. Thomas fullback Mike Westland are among 22 players nationally selected to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works team, the AFCA announced Wednesday.
The two 11-man teams -- a Division I team and a combined team from Division I, II, III, and the NAIA -- honor players for their dedication and commitment to community service.
Westland (SR-Albert Lea) is a three-year starter and 2000 co-captain for the Tommies. In 26 career games, he has 84 career receptions for 845 yards and has scored six touchdowns. An Accounting major with a 3.74 gpa, Westland has volunteered the last three years at local Heart & Soul Music Festival fundraiser for Camp Heartland for children
infected or affected by HIV and AIDS. He also has volunteered in various tutoring projects at local schools, as well as assisted in several community clean-up projects.
Quitmeyer (SR-Williston, N.D.) is a three-year starting quarterback and 2000 co-captain for the Scots who has already passed for 3,851 yards and 21 touchdowns in his Macalester career. A Pre-Med major with a 3.43 grade point average, Quitmeyer is a weekly volunteer as a recreation counselor for the Boys and Girls Club of St. Paul (West Side Unit), helping boys and girls of all ages learn the value of physical fitness, education, teamwork and sound moral and ethical decisions. Quitmeyer also visits the Minneapolis Shriners hospital and plays games with the young patients.
"The Good Works Team attempts to recognize those student-athletes who go above and beyond in service to others," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff says. "The AFCA is proud to honor those who have a positive impact in their communities."
Nominations were submitted to the AFCA by college sports information departments. Nominees have to be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community
service activities. Candidates have to display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Athletic ability is not a criteria.