Kevin Mawae


We 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 interest.

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 two years.

Drafted by 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).

Kevin, his 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 David Center:

"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."