St. Teresa’s Academy Senior Awarded the Neil Smith Community Service Award

On December 17, Mollie Plas, STA senior, received the Neil Smith Community Service Award from the Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation. This special honor is presented to a female athlete in the class of 2020 who has demonstrated outstanding community service. Mollie received $1,000 and a traveling trophy for display at St. Teresa’s.

Mollie plays soccer and will continue to compete at the D1 level at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has been involved with KC Pet Project, and volunteers at St. Mary's Soup Kitchen, Harvesters, WIN for KC, Finesse Soccer, and Project Eagle. Mollie stated, “I was surprised that I won the award and very honored at the same time.”

The Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation was founded by Derrick Thomas in 1990. The Foundation has achieved prominence not only in the greater Kansas City community but on a national level. Derrick was a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker and defensive end who died in February of 2000. Derrick’s longtime friend and teammate, Neil Smith co-founded the Third and Long Foundation and after Derrick’s tragic death, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors.