Jaleel Awini is a native Coloradan who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jaleel Awini played as a wide receiver and a quarterback for the CU Buffs, where he earned an excellent reputation for his dedication to the team. Mr. Awini’s friends say that he has a big heart on and off the field, and he’s known as a compassionate person who’s always looking for ways to help.
“Growing up, I used to go with my mom to help feed homeless people at shelters and I still do,” said Jaleel Awini. He also volunteers with nursing homes, literacy programs and food banks.
“I can’t believe the determination he has,” said Mr. Awini’s father. “All that he believes is if there’s a will there’s a way, and you can achieve anything.”
Mr. Awini’s family members aren’t the ones who attest to his giving, driven nature. His coach at the University of Colorado frequently praised him for his upbeat nature.
“He’s had a tough ride, and wishes he was playing more,” said Jaleel Awini’s CU Buffs coach during an interview about an injury Awini suffered. “But it’s the way it’s worked out. He told me the other day, ‘Coach, I just want to help any way I can help.’ That means a lot.”