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On the football field, Northwestern senior kicker Jeff Budzien’s collegiate career will be remembered for its consistency. He is now the university’s all-time scoring leader, and on Monday he was named the 2013 Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year. Off the field, though, his humility and service will be remembered by many more fans. During his time in Evanston, Ill., Budzien has been an integral part of Northwestern’s Special Olympics Committee. He has served on the executive board of the committee and coached, a role that makes him feel closest to the children. “It made me work harder,” he said. “I would
One former football player lost his battle, but a Northwestern grad stepped in to make a long-term impact in his honor. In 2000, Rasul “Rocky” Clark was paralyzed from the neck down when he was tackled while playing football for Eisenhower High School outside Chicago. After Clark passed away in 2012, his story inspired Napoleon Harris to act. Harris’ path has been notable for football fans. He grew up in Dixmoor, a southern suburb of Chicago. After lettering in football and basketball at Thornton Township High School – where he was a teammate of former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle-El –
In 2009, a group of Northwestern students won an award for having the “Most Creative Project” from the Diabetes Mine Awards with their concept for a bear that would help children diagnosed with type-one diabetes learn about their disease. Since that date, Jerry the Bear has been brought to market and is already helping more than 200 kids. With its $5,000 prize, the group launched Design for America, a nationwide network of interdisciplinary student teams and community members using design to create local and social impact. “Design for America has grown into a network of college students across the country,”