Sheridan woman wins NFL community award

January 8, 2005

Cori Erickson of Sheridan, Wyoming Children's Access Network director, was awarded $10,000 and recognition by the National Football League for her work in improving the lives of children and families in conflict.

No. 99, Brett Keisel, left defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers and a native of Greybull, called Erickson this week to congratulate her on the award. Although the call came a bit earlier than the staff expected, it only added to Erickson's surprise.

Erickson was nominated by her staff at the beginning of the football season for the nationwide NFL Community Quarterback Award.

She is now one of the finalists for the 2004 Community Quarterback national award. One individual will be selected from among the pool of NFL team winners and the at-large designee in late January.

The NFL Community Quarterback Award is a National Football League initiative to recognize people whose efforts contribute to improving their communities.

Each of the 30 NFL team markets and one at-large local winner from entrants outside of the NFL market is selected each year for the final National Award. The winner is selected based on 1) An affiliation with an official 501c3 not-for-profit organization or schools qualifying as 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) organizations, where they do not receive any compensation for their efforts, and 2) The impact entrants' efforts have had on their community.

The Wyoming Children's Access Network offers assistance to families in transition through parent education, and assistance with developmentally appropriate parenting plans (custody). Classes are offered once a month in nine different communities.