FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Five Razorbacks have been named to the Wooden Citizenship Cup Honorable Mention award list, it was announced by Athletes for a Better World, the organization that awards the Wooden Citizenship Cup.
Members of the Razorback football squad Keith Jackson, Sam Olajubutu and Jacob Skinner join Arkansas cross country and track harriers Kenny Cormier and Adam Perkins on the Honorable Mention award list.
The Coach Wooden Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes – one intercollegiate and one professional – that best display character, teamwork, and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport, and society.
The Coach Wooden Cup establishes the recipients as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons.
Jackson, Olajubutu and Skinner are members of the Razorback football team that posted a 10-3 record this season including a trip to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, Ga. Razorback football’s next match up will come against Wisconsin at the 2007 Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 1.
Cormier and Perkins are members of the Arkansas cross country and track and field teams. Combined they have been a part of nine SEC titles and four NCAA titles (cross country and track and field). Perkins is a five-time All-American and Cormier earned his first All-America honor as a freshman in 2005 when he finished 28th at the NCAA cross country championships.
All five of the honorees are very involved in the Arkansas Athletes Outreach (AAO) program. With AAO, they have participated in Razorbacks for Kids, Champions of Character (character education for elementary school kids) and Conference of Champions (retreats with high school kids). They also participate in holiday events and visits with local elementary school children.
Additionally, Skinner also participated in the Locks of Love program. He spent two years growing his hair out and then donated 10-11 inches of hair to the program. Locks of Love then makes wigs for patients who have lost their hair because of cancer treatments.
Jackson and Olajubutu have also participated in mission trips to Monterey, Mexico with AAO. Jackson and Perkins are also active in AAO’s student-athlete bible study and chapel services.