The 2016 Fall edition of the MCstrong Newsletter is out now. Please click the image below to read about how Michael’s foundation has made a difference so far this year. You may also subscribe to receive future newsletters via email.
To glorify God and honor Michael's legacy by supporting causes and initiatives that have been important to Michael, his faith, and his family.
My poster for the Michael Collins Foundation is a little girl holding her father’s hand with a set of car keys. They girl’s jersey is the color of Michael’s Heartland jersey, and includes Collins’ last name and number. I included the quote, “You’re not the only one on the road,” because drunk driving not only affects those who are impaired, but also can be detrimental to those who are being responsible. This father, who took his daughter to a baseball game, is being a safe and sober driver. But, if another driver is irresponsible he/she may take the lives of innocent people. My future choices include safe and sober driving because I am aware of the consequences that accompany drunk driving, as well as the danger it brings upon myself and others.
Normal Community High School
For my MCstrong poster I wanted to portray the message that together, we are stronger. I was inspired by the Bible verse Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 which says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.” If is much easier for a community to come together and make a difference than an individual. I think it’s essential for friends and family to encourage each other to drive sober and make safe decisions. If we join together, support each other, and “lift people up” our community can make a difference not only in Bloomington – Normal, but around the world. In my poster I painted a person’s hand grasping on to someone else’s to illustrate someone “lifting up a friend” and “lending a helping hand.” The reason I chose to paint this was to show what it looks like to encourage and help others get back on their feet and make good choices. I also painted the MCstrong logo on the arms. I wanted to promote and share the message of
The Michael Collins foundation. Michael Collins touched many people in our community, and his accident struck up a change in our town, and in me. I plan to drive safe and sober, and to inspire others to do the same.
Normal Community High School
As the summer winds down and Labor Day approaches we are once again reminded of the dangers of being on the roadways. According to AAA the “100 deadliest days” of the summer driving season are from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The Michael Collins Foundation, not long ago, recognized local law enforcement for continued efforts to eliminate drunk and drugged driving by presenting the MCstrong Award. Each candidate was selected by their command officer based on specific criteria. This award will be presented annually to a Bloomington, Normal, McLean County, and Illinois State University police officer for their exemplary DUI enforcement.
All to often the tireless work of police officers goes seemingly unnoticed by society in general. We, at The Michael Collins Foundation, want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for making safe roads a number one priority.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the 2016 MCstrong Award.
Michael loved baseball. He called his two years as a Heartland Hawk “the best two years of my life.” Those two years included consecutive trips to the NJCAA World Series in Enid, OK. Prior to playing at Heartland he starred at Normal West, leading the Wildcats to consecutive Big 12 conference championships. And while he was attending Illinois State University, Michael was an assistant coach at University High School.
The Michael Collins Memorial Scholarships will be awarded annually to a player who exemplifies the characteristics that made Michael a special individual to have as a teammate, player, friend and son. Players chosen will demonstrate a strong faith, an outstanding work ethic, a commitment to servant leadership, a high level of integrity, a love for coaches and teammates, and a pursuit of excellence both on and off the field.
Here are the 2016 scholarship winners:
Two thumbs up for a GREAT outing and being awarded best dressed! Criteria…Tiger red, white belt with shirt tucked in! Good job Josh Kauten! Thanks to everyone who braved the excessive heat warning. Our volunteers along with the Ironwood Golf Course staff worked hard to make sure everyone stayed hydrated. From corporate partners to private donors, volunteers to golfers, thank you for making the 2nd Annual MCstrong golf outing a success! We have some exciting things being planned through the foundation with a newsletter to follow.
Congratulations to the 1st place team: Jeff Wells, Todd Kagel, Jon Eickhorst and Jason Alexander.
We are excited to announce that Kelly Collins will be partnering with MADD to share Michael’s story with the Chicago Bears Rookie program next week. Michael was a passionate and dedicated athlete, and we are honored to further promote his legacy, the importance of making responsible decisions, and the dangers of drinking and driving with these promising young athletes.
“I was honored to share Michael’s story & the dangers of drunk driving with Chicago Bears Rookie Program this past Monday,” Kelly Collins commented. Each player was gifted a Dare To Be Uncommon Devotional (Tony Dungy) challenging them to make responsible choices that will echo through eternity. Thanks again to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)for all the work they do to end drunk driving.
The 2016 MCstrong Golf Outing will be held at Ironwood Country Club on Thursday, July 21st.
The Michael Collins Foundation
PO Box #19
Hudson IL 61748
This year’s outing will feature prizes and contests including: Team prizes, Long Drive, Longest Putt, Closest-to-Pin, Straightest Drive, Closest 2nd shot, hole-in-one contest to win a 2016 Dodge Ram, and a Putting Contest!
Sign up is limited to 36 teams! Please sign up today!
For more information or to sponsor/donate prizes contact: Josh Kauten at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the 2016 Michael Collins Memorial Invitational Raffle Winners: