Corey Burke Receives NCCAA's Game Plan 4 Life Award
(Elgin, Ill. May 9, 2012) Recent Judson Graduate Corey Burke has won his third major award this year for the Judson University athletic department as he was named the NCCAA Game Plan 4 Life winner this week. The NCCAA’s Game Plan 4 Life award is given to the top NCCAA male and female athlete for their efforts both on and off the field in service, academics and athletics.
Burke, who was the NCCAA’s men’s soccer award winner for the Kyle Rote, Jr. award this year, also was voted Judson’s first-ever male CoSIDA Academic All-American in the fall by the NAIA sports information directors. The two-time NAIA and NCCAA scholar-athlete played three years for his father, Steve, and was a member of the 2009 NCCAA National Championship team while also being voted the top NAIA junior athlete as the A.O. Duer award winner in June 2011. This year he became a NCCAA All-American for the first time, too. Burke graduated on April 28 with his degree in Biology/Pre-Med from Judson and will be moving on to medical school in the fall.
According to the NCCAA's press release, the purpose of the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award is to recognize NCCAA student-athletes who epitomize the Christian character qualities of:
- Love - demonstrating a caring and consistent love for others (I Corinthians 13)
- Integrity - living out ethical principles in a clear consistent manner (Job 27:5)
- Faith - acknowledging a life of faith and sharing that faith with others (Hebrews 11)
- Excellence - striving to do all things at the highest standard (Philippians 4:8)
“Corey is one of our finest athletes on campus,” said Interim Director of Athletics Tony Tompkins, in the NCCAA release, “because he is the true student-athlete leading on the field, in the classroom, and in service.”
Corey’s leadership reaches from his soccer team, to FCA, to small groups, to mission trips. He is very involved in the local community, volunteering at a local hospital once a week, and also the global community, traveling across the world to be involved in soccer and medical clinics. Associate Director of Athletics at Judson, Adam Ledyard, said, “Working to become a doctor in the future, Corey’s heart is enormous when it comes to helping people.”