Athletes Honored for Their Work Off the Field

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EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Four athletes from our region are receiving recognition. Eyewitness News caught up with one of them.

Larry Mills’ coach calls him an exceptional linebacker. But this time, it’s his work off the field that’s grabbing attention.

“I was shocked,” Larry Mills smiles.

The East Stroudsburg University senior was just nominated for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. It’s one of the most coveted community service awards in college football.

“I never thought it would get an honor like that, honestly,” Mills adds.

The Good Works Team brings together select student athletes from all divisions to honor their outstanding volunteer work in the community.

“Any opportunity we get here to do any type of community service, anything to help the community, I’m all for it,” Mills explains.

When he’s not making tackles, Mills is ringing bells for the Salvation Army’s holiday Red Kettle Campaign. He even added his name to the National Bone Marrow Donor list. Mills also has a soft spot for the Special Olympics and spends time visiting younger students.

“A lot of the stuff we do now, I didn’t have growing up. And I feel like I would have loved to have someone from the local football team come talk to me as a kid,” he adds.

ESU’s head football coach, Denny Douds, nominated Mills for the Good Works Team.

“When there’s someone who needs a helping hand, he’s willing to roll up his sleeves and get to work,” says Denny Douds, ESU Head Football Coach.

A leader both on and off the field.

Three other’s from our region have been nominated: Union County native and Penn State player Brandon Smith, Stroudsburg native and Rutger’s player Sebastian Joseph, and Susquehanna University’s Tommy Bluj.

Only 22 of the 146 nominated players will receive the award. The final list will be unveiled in Septmeber.

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