The Wooden Award selects two athletes each year, one from the collegiate ranks and the other a professional athlete. A person is nominated for the award by shining in character, teamwork, and citizenship.
"As one who knows John Wooden personally, and coached at UCLA when he was there, I believe Will Shields would be an outstanding choice for the Wooden Cup," Chiefs President Carl Peterson noted on KC Chiefs.com, "I have had the distinct pleasure to witness first-hand Will and his wife, Senia's involvement in the Kansas City community. Simply put, he has done everything the right way."
Shields and his wife started the "Will to Succeed Foundation" in 1993 and have helped nearly ninety-eight thousand people in the greater Kansas City area.
The award winner will be announced today in Los Angles. The other professional athletes on the list for the award are, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Seattle Sonics guard Ray Allen, San Antonio Spurs Forward Tim Duncan, and WNBA player Sue Bird and Dawn Staley.
Shields was named last seasons NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, and is a 10 time visitor to the Pro Bowl. In 2001 he was named the Sporting News Top Good Guys and Humanitarian of the Year.