A Musial Award honors a college football player who has made an unusual friend through his or her sport | Sports
“It meant a lot,” said Knisely, whose family has since moved to D -hne, Alabama. “We just moved there, I knew some people from school, but we never hung out much. I met him and it meant a lot to me. When he wasn’t busy I could call him to see if he wanted to come over. It meant a lot to me and still does. I write to him every day. … He’s funny, he’s nice, he understands me. His mother and father raised him properly. “
“I have a firm belief that you meet people for a reason,” said Jenn Lowe, Wyntr’s mother. “I think Lavel should be in his life right now, and the relationship, the connection since then, has worked both for the better in my opinion.”
Dumont is one of the recipients of this year’s Musial Awards for Sportiness, Class and Character, which will be presented on Saturday at the Stifel Theater in the city center. Wayne and Janet Gretzky receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for athleticism, and then seven individual winners, a team and an entire fan base, the Buffalo Bills, are honored.
“I couldn’t remember how big the award was,” said Dumont. “After doing research on Stan Musial and learning all about it, it worked out fine. I try to use my sport the way it did to give something back. “
Stopping Knisely to say hello is not atypical of Dumont, who recounted how he was asked for change by a homeless man in Toledo earlier this week and since he had no money he took the man with a haircut instead. Both parents are teachers and his mother is a special education teacher in Tampa, Florida, and Dumont has helped with events like the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Special Olympics.