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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes are proud to announce that Coyotes captain Shane Doan and his wife Andrea will be honored with a 2007 Pat Tillman Community Leadership Award. Seven winners are recognized in different categories and the Doan’s are honored in the Professional Athletes category.

“Andrea and I would both like to thank The Leadership Consortium, the Pat Tillman foundation and KTAR for this award,” said Coyotes captain Shane Doan. “It is a great honor to receive this award from a foundation which does such an incredible job of encouraging community involvement in sports. My family is grateful to live in the Valley and be part of such a great community. To give back in any way is always gratifying, it is the least we can do to be involved in the community and the Valley. Many thanks to the foundation and to the Phoenix Coyotes.”

The awards are named in honor of Pat Tillman, the ASU alumnus and Arizona Cardinals football player who was tragically killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan. They recognize individuals who have demonstrated courage of their convictions and served as excellent role models for youth, and organizations, which have worked to enhance the relationship among athletes and sports organizations.

“The Phoenix Coyotes would like to congratulate Shane and Andrea for being honored with such a meaningful award,” said Douglas Moss, Coyotes President and COO. “The Doan’s are a great example of the positive impact professional athletes and their families can make in a community. They constantly give 100% towards helping others and unselfishly give of their time, money and support to various groups and charities. This award is an honor to receive and we are proud that Shane and Andrea have represented the team and organization so well.”

Shane and Andrea are committed to being active in the community as a couple and separately. In one example of his many charitable endeavors, Shane hosted and skated with over 200 underprivileged children from the Thomas J. Pappas School at the ALLTEL Ice Den in Scottsdale on April 2nd. He provided the ice time, pizza and funded transportation to and from the rink for the students. Shane later bought and provided almost 600 tickets for the students and their family members to attend a Coyotes game on April 5th.

Shane is a dedicated leader for the team on the ice and he takes his responsibility as a role model in the community very seriously. This past season, Shane could be seen on television in a public service announcement advising people to avoid tobacco use.

In addition to buying Holiday gifts for hospital patients, Andrea led a toy collection for the West Valley Child Crisis Center outside Arena prior to a Coyotes game. She was also part of the ‘Operation Santa’ food drive in December where fans were asked to bring food items to a Coyotes game to donate to the Westside Food Bank.

What the family didn’t give in time, energy and money, they gave of themselves, literally. Andrea and their eight-year-old daughter Gracie each had more than eight inches of their long hair cut off for the Pantene “Beautiful Lengths” project which accepts hair donations to create wigs for cancer patients free of charge. They incorporated it into a Coyotes game as they had their hair cut on the bench during an intermission.

The winners will be recognized at the KTAR Presents Llinking Sports and Communities Banquet Hosted by Outback Steakhouse on September 24th at Chase Field.

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