Missouri senior wide receiver L’Damian Washington was chosen Wednesday as the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team Player of the Week.
Washington is a regular volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club in Columbia and also volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Food Bank of Columbia in addition to speaking at youth organization, schools and juvenile detention centers around Columbia.
He spent part of his summer working at youth football camps and is known to drop by local elementary schools to check in children he mentors.
Washington, who already has earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, has been a standout on the field as well, hauling in 33 passes for team-highs in receiving yards (635) and touchdowns (eight).
During Saturday’s loss to South Carolina, Washington had a 96-yard touchdown catch and run, the second-longest pass play in Tigers history.
Also on Wednesday, Washington was nominated Wednesday for the Orange Bowl/Football Writers Association of America Courage Award, which will be presented at the end of the season.
Past winners of the Courage Award include Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand, the 2009 Connecticut Huskies and the 2005 Tulane football team.
The other 2013 nominees so far are Sam Houston State’s Eric Fieilo, East Carolina’s Gabe Woullard, South Alabama’s Bryson James, San Jose State’s Anthony Larceval and Virginia Tech’s Jim Weaver.