The St. Louis Rams Community Player of the Week presented by Ameren Missouri is safety
Over the course of 10 seasons in the NFL, Mikell has had countless experiences that have helped mold him into the leader he is today. Those 10 years in the league also make him one of the few resident “greybeards” in the youthful Rams locker room. But do not tell that to Mikell. This season, he ranks fourth on the team with 58 tackles and is on pace to record 93 tackles, which would match his career-high. So even as the Rams let the young-guns roam on defense, Mikell is still a valued veteran playmaker.
Just as impressive has been his commitment to the St. Louis community. The Rams gave Mikell a big four-year contract prior to the 2011 season, and in return, he has worked to better the area.
Recently, he served with Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Dawn Harper as the ambassadors for the United Way’s new program, Education Express. The program’s goal is to help increase academic achievement among at risk students in St. Louis. Education Express hopes to recruit 2,000 mentors, tutors, homework helpers and reading partners that United Way needs to help youth succeed in our region. In front of a full auditorium at Soldan International Studies High School, Mikell recently stressed the importance of getting a good education and asking for help when it is needed. And to prove his point, Mikell mixed it up with some of the students by simplifying algebraic expressions in one of the math classes. As a “thank you” to his new friends, Mikell provided the class with tickets to watch the Rams host the New York Jets.
But those students were not Mikell’s only guests at the game. He is a member of the Rams’ All-Community Team and purchases 30 tickets to every Rams home game and provides them to people affected by youth diabetes, sickle cell or breast cancer. The game experience provides a special afternoon to individuals in need of a boost.
In addition, Mikell joined nearly 30 of his teammates to take part in the seventeenth annual Make-A-Wish Celebrity Server Night of Wishes. Mikell visited tables and talked with guests, collecting “tips” along the way as he signed autographs and posed for pictures. In total, the event brought in over $225,000 that will be used by Make-A-Wish to fund the wishes of nearly 45 Wish Kids.
Mikell’s community efforts also included participating in a public service announcement for the Autism Speaks 5K event. He served as the organization’s spokesman for the race and shared general background information about Autism. The event took place in October and consisted of over 20,000 walking participants as well as 300 runners, and brought in over $700,000 in donations.
Armed with a veteran’s savvy, Mikell has made his impact felt in St. Louis on and off the field. His leadership to the team and efforts in the community have been invaluable to his adopted town.
“Quintin has emerged as a great community leader for us,” said Molly Higgins, vice president of corporate communications/civic affairs, St. Louis Rams. “He is always willing to lend a helping hand to folks in need. We are particularly excited about his involvement in the United Way’s Education Express, which we hope will have a meaningful impact on students in the St. Louis region for years to come.”
About the Rams Community Player of the Week presented by Ameren Missouri
Each week during the 2012 season, the St. Louis Rams, along with team sponsor Ameren Missouri, will select a player who has made a positive impact on the Greater St. Louis community, giving of himself off the field. Each honored Rams Community Player of the Week will receive a gift certificate to Ruth’s Chris Steak House, the Official Steak House of the St. Louis Rams.
Tell us how you power positive change in the community for the chance to win Rams tickets and official merchandise by going to www.facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.