Nathan Clayberg Named Wooden Citizenship Cup Winner

first_imgNathan Clayberg, who was already one of the most decorated student-athletes in Drake University history, added another honor to his incredible legacy Thursday, April 26, evening.The All-America defensive lineman was named the Wooden Citizenship Cup winner by Athletes for a Better World at the organization’s banquet at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Ga.The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to distinguished athletes from any sport that best displays character, teamwork, and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World, deems central to transforming individuals, sport and society. The award establishes the recipients as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, role models both as performers and persons, the most important and distinctive honor athletes can achieve.Clayberg, a native of Pella, Iowa, earned a lengthy list of accomplishments on the field as a defensive lineman by garnering All-America Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.In the classroom, the fifth-year senior graduated a semester early with both his undergraduate and MBA while earning CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2017 and All-District honors. The Campbell Trophy semifinalist was also named the Institute of Management Accountant’s Outstanding Student.However, it is in the community where Clayberg’s impact is most intimately felt. He is the Owner and Founder of Unite Ministries, a non-profit Des Moines organization that has fundraised more than $500,000 and manages an annual budget of more than $100,000. Unite hosts yearly events with more than 6,000 people for different ministry initiatives. The mission of this organization is to restore areas of society that are the most broken while empowering future young leaders to follow their dreams. As a part of this organization helped organize a community service day that involved more than 35 different service projects across the greater Des Moines community. The other organization Clayberg founded and currently owns is the Next Step Moving Company. This company was created to help fund non-profit organizations and has already donated more than $25,000. The Pella, Iowa company has made over 120 moves and generated $120,000 in revenue. Clayberg has employed teammates, both from Drake and his local high school, to work as movers to help fund non-profits in central Iowa including Students Against Human Sex Trafficking, Des Moines Public Schools and Youth With a Mission. For that work, he earned a spot on the AFCA Allstate Goodworks Team and was honored at halftime of the 2019 Sugar Bowl. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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