NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt fifth-year senior linebacker Andre Mintze was named to the Southeastern Conference Football Community Service Team, announced Thursday by the league office.
The SEC names a Community Service Team for each of its 21-league sponsored sports, looking to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his community through superior service efforts.
Mintze has given back to the Vanderbilt community primarily through his annual Dancing Dores philanthropy program, a partnership between Dance Marathon, which is an organization that raises funds for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and Vanderbilt’s Athletic Department. All revenue generated goes to the hospital. The effort has raised more than $40,000 in last two years.
For his efforts, Mintze was the 2020 Vanderbilt Athletics Godfrey Dillard Courage Award recipient, presented annually since 2016-17 to the Commodore who overcomes adversity on or off the field, honoring the legacy of Godfrey Dillard.
The double major – cinema and media arts, and medicine, health and society – who graduated in the fall of 2019, was also named a semifinalist for the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award and one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
This season, Mintze tallied 4.0 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss, ranking second on the team in both categories. The Philadelphia native added a team-high tying two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery to his totals.