IFL Player Awards Announced
DES MOINES – The Indoor Football League (IFL) has begun announcements of the 2016 Player Awards for outstanding achievements following the regular season. The first two awards announced are Most Improved Player and Adam Pringle Award.
The Iowa Barnstormers are proud to announce that Offensive Lineman Peter Evans is the recipient of the 2016 Adam Pringle Award. The Adam Pringle Award is granted to the player or coach who exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community.
Evans (6-5, 300, Marist College) served as an ambassador for the Iowa Barnstormers “We’ve Got Your Back” Anti-Bullying Program, where he visited several schools and youth programs to encourage students to be inclusive and put an end to bullying. In addition, Evans sought out community involvement throughout the season and volunteered for every opportunity presented to the Barnstormers team.
“We’re very proud of Peter and many of our Barnstormers players who continually make a difference in the community.” said Barnstormers Vice President, John Pettit.
Evans involvement included youth reading programs, youth football camps, serving food to those in need, fundraising efforts for several local non-profit organizations, visiting the Children’s Cancer Connection and Passageway Clubhouse, and participating in a game of baseball at Kiwanis Miracle League. When Evans wasn’t volunteering with the Barnstormers, he would seek out opportunities to involve himself in the community on his own time including hanging out at the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park and encouraging people to play catch with him and his teammates.
For the full IFL release, please see below:
2016 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER AND ADAM PRINGLE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
The Indoor Football League (IFL) is proud to announce the Most Improved Player and Adam Pringle Awards for the 2016 season. The rest of the 2016 IFL Individual Awards will be revealed throughout the week.
Most Improved Award: Markeith Summers (WR, Green Bay Blizzard)
Green Bay Blizzard WR Markeith Summers has been named the Most Improved Player of the 2016 season. A three-year IFL veteran, Summers became the go-to playmaker for the Blizzard this season as he led the IFL in touchdown receptions with 26.
Summers started his IFL career in 2014 with Blizzard amassing just 182 yards and two touchdowns in his rookie campaign. In 2015, Summers finished second on the team with 501 receiving yards and tied for the team lead with 10 touchdown receptions.
In 2016, Summers continued his growth and set numerous franchise records as he totaled 913 receiving yards and totaled an IFL league-best 26 touchdown receptions. Summers scored receiving touchdowns in each of his last nine games and scored multiple receiving touchdowns in seven of them. At the end of the season, Summers was named as a 2016 Second Team All-IFL Wide Receiver.
Adam Pringle Award: Peter Evans (OL, Iowa Barnstormers)
Iowa Barnstormers OL Peter Evans is the recipient of the 2016 Adam Pringle Award. The award, named after a very influential and highly respected member of the former West Michigan Thunderhawks, is given to the player or coach who exemplified outstanding service and dedication to their surrounding community.
Evans served as an ambassador for the Barnstormers “We’ve Got Your Back Anti-Bullying Program” where he shared his experiences with bullying and encouraged young students to be inclusive and put an end to bullying.
In addition, Evan volunteered at every community event for the Barnstormers this season seeking out community engagement with organizations such as Passageway, an organization that assists with mental illness and the Children’s Cancer Connection. He helped support and fundraise for foundations such as Scleroderma Foundation, the Food Bank of Iowa and various charity walks throughout the season.
The 2016 IFL playoffs continue this weekend as the Sioux Falls Storm host the Cedar Rapids Titans in the United Conference Championship on Saturday, July 16. The Spokane Empire will host the Intense Conference Championship as they welcome the Nebraska Danger on Sunday, July 17. The winner of each game will represent their conference in the 2016 United Bowl. All IFL playoff games can be seen live on IFLLive.tv.
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