Sadler Scholar Athlete Award

Mike Sadler died in a tragic car accident last year while he was volunteering at a football kicking camp.  It was a dark night in rural Wisconsin, the road was slippery from days of rain, there were no lights. He came to an unmarked, sharp turn with no guardrail and hydroplaned off the road, plunging 50 feet into a ditch where the car hit a tree and burst into flames.  No drugs, no alcohol, no texting.  

Mike had already made a difference in the world, and he was determined to continue on that path.  He broke multiple records on and off the field.  He was an All American punter and the first 4-time Academic All American in Michigan State history.  He helped win the 100th Rose Bowl and the 2015 Cotton Bowl among others.  He earned 2 degrees in 5 years.

He was incredibly funny & witty.  Mike co-hosted radio shows, delivered inspirational speeches to student athletes across the country, gave back to his school and his community.  Mike was a guy everyone wanted on their side when things got tough – in the game of football or the game of life.  He had the strongest character, he worked hard, he was humble and he was an inspiration to every person he met.

We are working to fund a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award in Mike’s name for a post graduate scholarship.  The recipient will be a Campbell Trophy finalist who has distinguished himself with academic excellence, athletic achievement, strong character and leadership.

This award will be endowed and provide $18,000 to each recipient for post-graduate tuition...allowing players to further their education after football.  Mike was planning to use the award he received for his first semester tuition at Stanford Law School.


You can help us by making this award a reality.  Just click on the DONATE link and you can be a player in this awesome challenge.  We need to reach $97,000 by September 1.   Thanks for supporting education and rewarding hardworking student athletes who have strong character and leadership in furthering their education.

The Michael Sadler Foundation continues Mike's legacy of inspiring others and giving back.  The foundation’s mission is to develop programs and awards that emphasize the combination of academic excellence, athletic achievement, character strength and leadership in student athletes.  You can see the great work the foundation’s doing at
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Michael Sadler Foundation . 
Grand Rapids, MI
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