BYU's Wakefield Receives National Volunteer Award

BYU's Bob Wakefield was named the 2006 Volunteer of the Year by the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD). (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CLEVELAND -- The Officers and Executive Committee of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) have selected BYU's Robert Wakefield as the 2006 Volunteer of the Year.

Wakefield and his wife, Cindy, began volunteering as Service Representatives for the Cougars in August 2003. In addition to their responsibilities directing the involvement of BYU student-athletes in the community, the Wakefields also serve as the advisors of the BYU Athletic Cougar Council, mentoring 42 student-athletes from all 21 Cougar teams as they provide input to BYU's athletic administration and leadership to their fellow student-athletes. Bob Wakefield also teaches finance and leadership classes in BYU's Champs Life Skills program, helps implement innovations such as the "Buff Don't Puff" program and spends countless hours nominating BYU student-athletes for various service awards.

The former chairman of two Fortune 500 companies, Wakefield earned his M.B.A. from George Washington University and was the Cougar Club's first chapter president in the state of Washington. Last year, the Wakefields were honored as the BYU Athletics Department Volunteers of the Year.

"We appreciate very much the fact that BYU has given us the opportunity to serve these great athletes," said Wakefield. "It's nice to be honored for something that I love doing anyway. This is definitely a labor of love."

Other award recipients include Brian Mackin of the University of Alabama at Birmingham as the University Division Fund Raiser of the Year; Steve Meeker of Black Hills State University as the College Division Fund Raiser of the Year; George and Frances Wilkins of Northern Illinois University as the University Division Donor of the Year; and John and Erika Lockridge of Colorado School of Mines as the College Division Donor of the Year. Additionally, Kristina Meissen of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse received the NAADD Postgraduate Scholarship.

Award winners were recognized at NAADD's 13th Annual Convention, June 20-23 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NAADD is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics development and fund raising.

NAADD is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,000 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers nine professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors.