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NFL Wide Receiver Mike Sims-Walker Remembers His Father by Giving Out Scholarships
Date:6/22/2010

Jacksonville Jaguar Mike Sims-Walker celebrates Father's Day by giving out more than $3,000 in scholarships to college freshman in Florida

Orlando, Fla. (June 23, 2010) – "Get tested. Get tested. Get tested for colon cancer." Jacksonville Jaguar Wide Receiver Mike Sims-Walker delivered this emotional plea to families at his first-ever Playmaker 11 Scholarship ceremony hosted by him on June 19, 2010, at the University of Central Florida’s Fairwinds Alumni Center in Orlando.

He created The Michael A. Sims-Walker Foundation in memory of his father, Mike Sims, who lost his battle to colon cancer in December 2008. Through the Foundation, which launched in 2010, Sims-Walker plans to educate families about the early detection and prevention of colon cancer.

“It was hard to see my dad laying in the hospital,” Sims-Walker said. “He was always so strong, so it was really hard to see him in so much pain and dying in pain.”

Sims-Walker added: “That’s why I created the Playmaker 11 Scholarship. I want to help educate families about the things they can do to prevent colon cancer so they don’t have to go through what my family and I did.”

After receiving 35 applications, the Orlando native presented 11 $200 scholarships to winners from Jacksonville and Orlando. The 12th winner, Aaron Johnson of Jacksonville, was awarded the grand prize of $1,000.

Donning a teal-colored suit, Johnson excitedly bounced to the front of the room to receive his scholarship from Sims-Walker. Johnson plans to attend Florida Agricultural & Mechnical University in Tallahassee, Fla. in the fall.

“Jacksonville Jaguars is my favorite team,” Johnson said. “So, I’m honored to receive this award from Mike – I can hardly contain my excitement.”

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