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Play It Forward: One Spartan’s Mission

When it comes to making an impact, Broad College of Business scholar Josiah Price (BA Hospitality Business ’16) delivers at an unprecedented level: in the classroom, on the football field, and perhaps most importantly, in his community service efforts.

Price won the Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award at the 2016 MSU Student-Athlete Support Services Academic Gala, presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the Putting Athletes and Community Together program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach.

For the second year in a row, he’s been named to the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List and nominated for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

Josiah Price with kids
Josiah Price has made a true impact: on the football field, in the classroom, and in local communities.

The Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service,” is presented annually by the All Sports Association to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement in an extraordinary way. The 2016 recipient will be formally announced on December 6 at a National Football Foundation press conference.

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team recognizes U.S. college football players who commit to serving their communities while maintaining the delicate balance of academic and athletic excellence. This year’s 25 award recipients will be unveiled in September, and Price is one of only 12 Big Ten athletes earning a nomination.

Price’s community efforts have reached near and far. In addition to actively participating in a variety of community service initiatives, including the Ingham County Child Benefit Fund, DARE Graduations, and March Is Reading Month, Price also took part in a mission trip to South Africa during spring break of 2013 and spent two and a half weeks in Australia (June-July 2015), participating in MSU’s study abroad International Summer Sports Program.

His classroom achievements prove award winning as well: he earned Academic All-Big Ten honors each of his three seasons at MSU and was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 5 Team last year.

On the field, Price plays tight end for the Spartan football team. He ranks first in school history among tight ends (and seventh overall) with 16 career touchdown receptions among his 66 catches for 851 yards in his 39 career games, including 15 starts.


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