Mitchell honored with NCAA’s ‘Teddy’ Award

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ATLANTA (AP) — George Mitchell finally has an answer to his older brother’s bragging rights for the family’s biggest athletic honor.

Mitchell, the former Senate Majority Leader and now President Obama’s Special Envoy to the Middle East, is the 2010 winner of the Theodore Roosevelt Award. The “Teddy” is the NCAA’s top honor and recognizes outstanding accomplishment by a distinguished citizen who was a letter-winner in college.

Mitchell played basketball for four years at Bowdoin College but says he wasn’t the best athlete in his family.

He says he plans to send his brothers “who spent the rest of our lives ripping me” a video of Friday night’s NCAA Awards ceremony.

The 2007 Bluffton baseball team, which had five players die in a bus crash in Atlanta, received the Inspiration Award.