give special recognition to someone who's name has been heard around
The David Center ever since he was made an honorary member. Kevin
Mawae is a big, tough 300 lb. man who makes his living battling
other 300 lb. men on the football field as the All-Pro Center for
the New York Jets. It was there that he met Jim Pons and started
hearing about The David Center. When he discovered that his
pediatrician (Dr. Pat Elvir) was Jim's wife, he began to take an
Kevin is a
deeply sensitive, spiritual man who honors God by using his talents
and resources to help others, and it wasn't long before he began to
get involved in our work.
He was responsible for starting the
"Touchdowns For Special Kids" program which he runs with
his Jet teammates, and between that and his annual Bowling Outing
has helped raise almost $100,000 for The David Center in the last
the Seattle Seahawks after graduating from Louisiana State
University in 1994, (Kevin was involved in The United Way and
Building Blocks For Kids while in Seattle) he came to the Jets prior
to the start of the '98 season. Last season he reached one of an
athlete's highest attainable goals by being named NFL All Pro (best
player at his position).
wife Tracy, and their two children, son Kirkland 7, and daughter
Abigail 2, make their home in Baton Rouge LA during the off-season.
Kevin says this about The
founding of The David Center by Jim Pons and his wife Dr. Pat Elvir
is a big step in helping families fight against childhood disorders
on the autism spectrum. Having children myself, I can only imagine
the obstacles autistic families must face every day. It is not only
an honor and privilege, but also a blessing to be part of the future
of The David Center."