The Malone University football team will hold an Educator Appreciation Day on Saturday honoring the teachers and professors that have made an influence.
As a way of thanks, any teacher from northeast Ohio (college, high school, middle school, or elementary school) who presents a staff ID will be given free entry to Saturday's game. Malone will take on the Haywood Crusaders at Canton GlenOak's Bob Commings Field at 2 p.m.
Malone head coach Fred Thomas began the initiative as a way for student-athletes to acknowledge what their educators have done for their lives both in and out of the classroom. Thomas, whose wife Mia is a teacher in North Canton, knows full well the value and positive impact that teachers can make.
"Next to my family, my teachers and coaches were the most influential people in my life," he expressed.
As part of the initiative, Thomas asked the eight graduating seniors to identify a Malone professor who has made the greatest impact in their lives.
Tyler Bowman, a psychology major, recognized professor of psychology Dr. Lauren Seifert.
Austin Cary, a biology major, recognized Assistant professor of biology Dr. Jason Courter.
Jesse Correll, a business administration major, recognized adjunct professor of business Frank Alexander.
Carl Grady, an exercise science major, recognized professor of health education Pamela Hoalt.
Colton Hale, a business administration and marketing major, recognized professor of business Dr. Julia Frankland.
Chris Henke, a business administration major, also recognized Julia Frankland.
JC Pawlyk, a health and physical education major, recognized associate professor of physical education Kathy Haas.
Thomas Watt, an exercise science major, recognized associate professor of exercise science Dr. Steve Wirick.
Six of the eight seniors in this year's graduating class were Academic All-Conference last season.