UNIVERISTY OF RICHMOND - Mike O’Toole, long time member of the Touchdown Club of Richmond, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Bunkie Trinite Memorial Achievement Award, presented annually by the club to a person who has had an impact on the sport of football in the Metro Richmond area.
O’Toole will receive the Achievement Award at the annual 51st All-Metro Football Banquet on Thursday, January 23, at the Hilton Hotel in Richmond. In addition to O’Toole, the Banquet will also honor the high school All-Metro Football team as selected by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the high school and college coaches of the year as selected by the Touchdown Club, and the high school team Sportsmanship Awards as selected by the Central Virginia Football Officials Association (CVFOA). The banquet is organized by the Touchdown Club of Richmond.
O’Toole has been a member of the local football booster group for over 20 years, having served as its president for six years, 1996 - 2002, and remains the longest tenured president in the club’s 51 year history. He was instrumental with organizing the annual All-Metro football banquet and served as the banquet’s Master of Ceremonies for 13 years, 1998 – 2010.
When the Downtown Club of Richmond dropped its sponsorship of the Dudley Award, O’Toole worked with then Times-Dispatch sports editor, Jack Berninger, to create a partnership between the newspaper and the TD Club to sponsor and continue the award which is presented to the top Division I collegiate football player in the state. Then, when a state award was created for the small college Player of the Year, O’Toole worked with newspaper editor Danny Finnegan to name the award for NFL Hall of Famer, Willie Lanier.
A native of Pennsylvania, O’Toole has spent over 30 years in the Metro-Richmond area working in the sports and entertainment industry. He now works for the University of Richmond Athletic Department as its Coordinator of Facilities and Events, rooting for his favorite college football team, the Richmond Spiders.
The banquet which will be attended by over 500 people is open to the public and will be held at the Hilton Richmond Hotel, 12042 West Broad Street, in Short Pump. Tickets cost $35.00 and may be purchased by calling Ron Axselle, 804.740.7055.
The Touchdown Club of Richmond is a sports-social organization founded to promote the best interests of the American game of football and sports in general, under the guidance of elected officers with the predominate purpose being to recognize worthy athletes for their accomplishments and to encourage them to continue their education and athletic careers.