Paul Pitts III Named a Humanitarian Award Winner

Dec. 19, 2013


San Diego State football sophomore Paul Pitts III (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS) was a recipient of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Idaho Sports Medicine Institute Humanitarian Award at the Humanitarian Awards Dinner Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

The award goes to a player who has given the most to himself in service for others and can include work with youth, hospitals, the elderly, leadership programs and family, and any other activities which help others.

Pitts III has been a very active church leader within the college for the Christian Athletic Association and leads the ministry, not only with his teammates in the locker room, but with other athletic teams both on and off campus. Pitts III has spoken at SDSU Gospel Night and ONEVoice SDSU.

A football Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative and scholar-athlete, Pitts III has done numerous speaking engagements within the community. He has done some engagements at local colleges to encourage student-athletes as well as on-campus events.

Pitts III has volunteered and spoken for the kids athletic combine, where he supports youth and emphasizes the importance and benefits of sports for elementary-aged kids.

Although he has played in only game at San Diego State, Pitts III has been instrumental at practice and in game situations. A possession receiver with good body control, Pitts III came back from an injury the sidelined him for the entire 2012 season.

Pitts III, who was a three-star recruit by out of Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., played in the 2011 season opener against Cal Poly without making a catch.

The Humanitarian Awards Dinner capped a day that saw the Aztecs once again outside in the 20's with a biting wind.

On Friday, some players and staff will attend the FCA Breakfast, which will be headlined by special speaker Bobby Bowden). In the mid-morning, selected players will visit sick patients at St. Luke's Medical Center before practicing in the afternoon and ending the day with a press conference.

Ending the night (5-8 p.m. MT) will be the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Mash, presented by Idahoan. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Mash is a free event for the fans and community. The event will include both marching bands, food, Budweiser and Coca-Cola products. A portion of the beer sales will go to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho.

San Diego State (7-5, 6-2 Mountain West) and Buffalo (8-4, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) will meet Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at 3:30 p.m. MT on ESPN.

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