Michael Collins foundation paid it forward to the City of Bloomington – Police, Normal Police Department and McLean County Sheriff’s Officetoday.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1Cor 13:13
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.
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 2015 scholarship winners:
Heartland Community College – Travis Auer
Travis is a redshirt freshman at Heartland after missing his initial season of college baseball while recovering from elbow surgery. Travis is a 2014 graduate of University High School, and Michael was one of his coaches at U-High. Even though he was unable to play in his initial collegiate season, Travis brought an attitude of giving and servant leadership to the team, contributing in any way possible. He consistently carries one of the best GPA’s on the team and attended all of the team chapel’s last spring. Travis also volunteered several hours during The Michael Collins Foundation baseball events in 2014.
Normal West High School – Reid Birlingmair
Reid led the Wildcats to a regional championship in his senior season and was selected to play in the Illinois Coaches Association – MCstrong All-Star game and the Pantagraph All-Star game. Reid excelled on the field and in the classroom at Normal West, and embodied Michael’s faith, attending all of the team’s optional chapels in the spring of 2015. Michael had the opportunity to coach Reid when Reid was a 6th grader at Parkside Junior High School. Reid’s older brother Jacob was one of Michael’s best friends and a Normal West Wildcat teammate. Reid is continuing his baseball career at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
University High School – Nick Mosele
In his senior season, Nick led U-High to a 28-6 record and was selected to play in the Illinois Coaches Association – MCstrong All-Star game. He also represented U-High in the Pantagraph All-Star game. As a junior in 2014, Nick’s outstanding defense helped the Pioneers win a regional championship and advance to the sectional title game. Michael coached Nick at U-High, and loved working with Nick and the other infielders. Nick has been a role model on and off the field, pursuing excellence in baseball and the classroom. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Nick is attending Augustana College and is playing baseball for the Vikings.
Congratulations to all recipients and thank you for supporting Michael’s foundation!
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The 1st ever Michael Collins Memorial Invitational was held April 30th through May 3rd, 2015 at the Corn Crib. Fourteen Central Illinois high school teams participated, including five from Bloomington-Normal. The final game played was between Michael’s own Heartland Hawks and Parkland Cobras on Sunday afternoon.
2015 Michael Collins Memorial Invitational Schedule
Thursday , April 30:
4:30 Danville v Bloomington
7:00 Tri-Valley v Central Catholic
Friday, May 1
4:30 Normal Community v Lincoln
7:00 U-High v Normal Community West
Saturday, May 2
10:00 Heyworth v Lexington
12:30 Monticello v Olympia
3:00 Fieldcrest v LeRoy
Sunday, May 3
1:00 Parkland CC v Heartland CC
“IMAGINE no one is cold, no one is hungry, and every child will have a toy.”
Working with the Imagine group from Eastview, Michael’s foundation donated “19” new baseball gloves — each one with a ball and a Pay it Forward for Michael Collins card attached. This Christmas 19 children won’t have to imagine – as the love of Jesus will be delivered to them in MCStrong style!
More on Imagine from the Eastview Imagine Website: Imagine is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of Jesus with our community. There are many families in McLean County who don’t have the resources to be able to buy food, Christmas presents and a warm coats around the Holiday Season. Through Imagine, we are able to meet some of these needs but more importantly, we will have the chance to sit down face to face and share the Good News of God’s great love with mothers, fathers, and children as they participate.
This Christmas they helped over 1000 families in McLean County!
Kelly Collins will be one of the two featured speakers at this event that takes place December 9th. Each organization supplies a “voice” to share their story, raise awareness and lobby for tougher DUI legislation.
The vigil is attended by Secretary of State, Jesse White, The Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez and many other dignitaries.
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