MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Collin Klein was awarded for his work off the field for a third time this season as he was named a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award, the organization has announced.
Klein is one of 10 finalists for the award, which is in its eighth year honoring one outstanding NCAA Division I collegiate football player who best personifies the spirit of sportsmanship. Klein, who is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and was named to the AFCA Good Works Team earlier this season, is the second Wildcat to be named a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award after Jeron Mastrud was the 2009 winner.
Aside from his All-America numbers on the field, Klein has been an active volunteer since his arrival in Manhattan community in 2008. A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Klein has regularly visited local retirement centers, been active in Read to Achieve (helping at elementary schools), taken part in Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and been a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics Sports Clinic at K-State.
Additionally, Klein has been active in local church group activities as he has served as a prayer group leader for Grace Baptist Church and been the keynote speaker at multiple Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Christian Meetings.
No. 2 Kansas State takes on 24th-ranked Oklahoma State this Saturday in a nationally-televised matchup at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The sold-out contest, which kicks off at 7 p.m., can be seen on ABC, while fans can hear the contest on the K-State Sports Network. Additionally, K-State Gameday, hosted by Brian Smoller and 2012 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Mark Simoneau, will begin at 6 p.m., on K-StateHD.TV.