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Community Champion: Logan Mitchell

Milan student goes above and beyond

(MILAN, Ind.) – Being a good football player starts with being a good teammate. Those who know him say that a great teammate is exactly who Logan Mitchell is.


The 14-year-old brings something to the field that some kids forget during those turbulent teen years; Logan has a big heart and he cares for others around him.


While he loves being on the football field, he also enjoys playing basketball and baseball for Milan Middle School.


Logan learned at an early age that running for a touchdown or hitting a home run isn’t something that comes easy for others.


His sister, Amy, was diagnosed with autism as a young child, but she hasn’t let that hold her back from anything.

Logan and his sister, Amy

She flourished inside and outside the classroom before graduating from South Ripley last year. Amy will soon attend the Erskine Green Training Institute to pursue a career in the culinary arts.


“Logan grew up seeing what Amy had to go through and I think that is what has made him who he is today. He just really cares for other people,” his mother, Jenny, said. 


The eighth grader has found a passion for helping other students who struggle with similar challenges as Amy has faced.


When Logan is able to get some free time away from sports, he can be found volunteering with the Special Olympics.


He has competed as a unified partner in multiple sports including bowling as well as the snowshoe competition during the Winter Games in Lawrenceburg. Logan is often paired with a young boy from South Dearborn during the snowshoe events.


“He loves doing the unified activities and I think he just really enjoys being able to watch the other kids succeed,” his mother said.

Logan will participate in the Special Olympics Polar Plunge at the Versailles State Park this month with the hope that he can raise funds for the Special Olympics by taking a dip in the freezing lake waters. 


Meanwhile, back in middle school, his huge heart is something noticed by his peers and teachers.


“He offers something a lot of other eighth-grade boys don’t, and that is caring for others. He is always a pleasure in class, as he is always going out of his way to help students and teachers,” said physical education teacher Paige Wade.


“He simply just doesn’t care what others think, he makes it a point to always help out others, and that is a quality you can’t teach,” she added. 


Logan previously went to South Ripley which also has a strong connection to the Special Olympics through its involvement with both the Polar Plunge and the annual Fire Truck Pull in Lawrenceburg.


He is now setting his sights to raise awareness about those events at his current school, Milan Middle.


“He really wants to get more of his fellow students from Milan involved by taking the Polar Plunge and also competing in the Fire Truck Pull as well,” Jenny explained. 


His mom recently asked Logan what he wants to become when he grows up. Logan is currently debating between a career as a teacher or a police officer. Both of those careers are ideal for someone who truly cares about the people around them, whether it is investing in their education or working to keep them safe.


Regardless of his career choice, Logan also wants to continue his involvement with the Special Olympics as an adult by becoming a flag football coach one day.“He really embraces the Special Olympics and loves being around everybody in the programs, while making new friends,” his mom added. 


Logan is our student Community Champion for the month of February. You can submit a deserving student by emailing news@812now.com.

 

WANT TO NOMINATE A COMMUNITY CHAMPION?

We feature two Community Champions a month in Southeast Indiana. This is made possible by the Decatur County Community Foundation, but is not limited to Decatur County residents!

HOW TO NOMINATE: Send an email to news@812now.com with the following information:


  • A picture(s) of the individual

  • Why are you nominating this person?

  • Tell us about the person (age, background, acts of kindness etc..)

  • Your name and phone number

  • Any other pertinent information

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