Maine’s George Mitchell lauded by NCAA

Posted Dec. 11, 2009, at 10:48 a.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Mideast peace envoy George Mitchell is being honored by the NCAA for his distinguished service since his days playing basketball for Bowdoin College.

Mitchell, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1954 and went on to become a U.S. senator, has been named the 2010 Theodore Roosevelt Award recipient. Bowdoin says that’s the highest honor given by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The award is given annually to a former student-athlete for whom competitive athletics are factors in a distinguished career of national significance.

After his Senate leadership role, Mitchell negotiated peace accords in Northern Ireland and is now President Barack Obama’s special envoy for Mideast peace.