Haynes and Rhodes Scholar Matthew Watters will be among the honorees when Newark Mayor Vance Funk, III, presents the city's Jefferson Awards for public service. The awards will be presented during the Newark City Council meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, at the Municipal Building on Elkton Road.
"Newark is fortunate to have so many residents who give back to their own community and give hope to others around the world. Their dedication has no barriers," Funk said, adding, "I am always proud the city is able to nominate many worthy volunteers."
The city said Haynes has a spirit of giving that impacts those around him, making his teammates want to give back to the community as well.
Haynes, an English major from Durham, N.C., was a four-year standout for the Blue Hen football squad and led the team to 12-3 record, a share of the Colonial Athletic Association title, and a berth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship game this past fall. The Hens, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation at one point during the season, swept through the NCAA Tournament with wins over Lehigh, New Hampshire, and Georgia Southern before falling to top-ranked Eastern Washington 20-19 in the championship game in Frisco, Tex.
Haynes earned second team All-CAA honors after registering 35 tackles and two quarterback sacks and anchored a defense that led the nation in scoring defense, allowing less than 14 points per game.
But Haynes earned his most impressive honors for his community service in December when he was named the first-ever Team Captain of the 2010 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, a community service award determined by college football fan voters on ESPN.com and one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award was announced before a national audience on ESPN TV.
A former walk-on player at Delaware, Haynes has contributed to a variety of community service organizations around Newark, Del., and his hometown of Durham, N.C. He has volunteered to serve the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Newark, DuPont Children's Hospital, Delaware Food Bank, New Castle Youth Football and the Special Olympics of Delaware, among other organizations. The senior has also supported various cancer initiatives, such as lung cancer walks and bone marrow drives.
Haynes and his 21 fellow Allstate AFCA Good Works Team finalists were invited to New Orleans in early January where they participated in a project that had them clean up various locations in the Lower Ninth Ward, an area devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Later in the week, Haynes was honored at halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl which was televised nationally on ESPN.
Watters, who was named a Rhodes Scholar in November, 2010, will be recognized for his work to bring sustainable health care to Haiti and Southern Sudan. He helped raise $50,000 to rebuild a hospital in Haiti destroyed by the earthquake, and his fundraising efforts include speaking engagements, benefit concerts and 5K races.
Also honored by the city will be the Senior Surfers of the Newark Senior Center, Noni-Ife Taylor and Linda Burns. The Senior Surfers assists those who did not grow up with technology, with a focus on helping them pursue hobbies, research an endless array of topics and stay connected with family and friends.