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Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of the Patrick Mannelly Award

Long Snappers are the ultimate unsung heroes of football. No successful field goal, extra point or punt can happen without a successful snap to get it started. Bernie’s Book Bank has a similar role – no child can learn to read without books. We serve behind the scenes yet are an integral player in the literacy equation.

Both the Long Snapper and Bernie’s Book Bank value excellence, integrity, effectiveness, teamwork and balance.

Unfortunately, the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) who recognizes 25 Awards on an annual basis, has overlooked the critical Long Snapper position.

The Patrick Mannelly Long Snapper Award shines a bright light on this unnoticed but essential position in football and provides rare recognition for the impactful role they play in today’s game.

Bernie’s Book Bank is proud to be the beneficiary of this prestigious award. Our mission to source, process and distribute quality children’s books to increase book ownership among under-served children, with excellence and integrity, makes Bernie’s Book Bank the perfect teammate for the Long Snapper.

The inaugural Patrick Mannelly Award Dinner was December 14, 2019 at Bernie’s Book Bank. The 2020 Patrick Mannelly Award ceremony was streamed live on January 9, 2021 from Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff, IL. Missed it? Watch on YouTube The third annual Patrick Mannelly Award Ceremony was December 11, 2022 at Bernie’s Book Bank and on live-stream. Watch a recording of the ceremony on YouTube.

Save the date! The fourth annual Patrick Mannelly Award ceremony will be Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Bernie’s Book Bank in Lake Bluff.


Cal Adomitis, Pittsburgh

Finalists: Damon Johnson, USC & Alex Ward, UCF


Thomas Fletcher, Alabama

Finalists: Damon Johnson, USC & Ryan Langan, Georgia Southern


John Shannon, Notre Dame

Finalists: Liam McCullough, Ohio State & Steven Wirtel, Iowa State


2022 DATES

 Watchlist: TBD

Semi-Finalists: TBD

Finalists: TBD

Award Ceremony: Saturday, December 10th

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Highlighting 65 high school athletes who exhibit the unsung hero values of a Long Snapper.

In conjunction with the Patrick Mannelly Award, and in honor of the number Mannelly wore as a member of the Chicago Bears, the 65 Honor Roll recognizes exemplary high school athletes (male and female of any sport) across Chicagoland. The #65 Honor Roll is comprised of players who consistently exemplify the following values: EXCELLENCE, INTEGRITY, EFFECTIVENESS, TEAMWORK and BALANCE.

2021 #65 Honor Roll:
Griffin Baker, Crystal Lake South High School
Joey Fortner, Marist High School
Luke Granzow, Hobart High School
Jason Hicks, Stevenson High School
Walker Himebauch, Palmer Ridge High School
Kate Kaptrosky, Lake Forest High School
Carson Kuligowski, St. Charles North High School
TJ McMillen, St. Francis High School
William Meyer, Lake Forest High School
Ella Mickey, Lake Forest High School
Ryan Porebski, William Howard Taft High School
Konnor Thompkins, King College Prep High School
Tommy VanSickle, Antioch High School
Owen Walter, Prospect High School

2019 #65 Honor Roll:
Charlie Aberle, Lake Forest High School
Gustavo Azevedo, Waubonsie Valley High School
Anthony Calderon, Kennedy High School
Chris Clarke, Lyons Township High School
Reilly Corken, Batavia High School
Reggie Davis, King High School
Thomas Dvorak, Fenwick High School
Matt Fell, St. Charles North High School
Will Halkyard, Glenbard West High School
Christopher Kelly, Loyola Academy High School
Myron Lewis, St. Laurence High School
AJ Markett, Marist High School
Robert Meyer-Shaffer, Antioch Community High School
Peter Skoronski, Maine South High School

Looking for more ways to engage with our mission? Learn about additional fundraising events at Bernie’s Book Bank.