Awards & Honors

2016 Georgia Writer’s Association Children’s Author of the Year
2017 Super Bowl Champion and American's Promise Alliance Hero Award Winner

Malcolm is a native of Valdosta, Georgia.  As a high school senior he was an Under Armour All-American and went on to finish in the top ten all time for receivers during his playing career at the University of Georgia (UGA).  While a student athlete, Malcolm was recognized as the National Captain of the AllState Goodworks Team, for his frequent visits to elementary schools to read to students and talk about literacy. He was the first student to be recognized for this award in UGA history.  Malcolm also received the National Haier Ultimate Achievement Award. Both awards recognized his commitment to community service.  Additionally, Malcolm was the recipient of the Atlanta Sports Council Community Service Award, The Jack Turner Award presented by the Georgia Chapter of the National College Hall Of Fame and UGA Student Athlete of the Year. He graduated in December 2015 from the University of Georgia with a Degree in Communications.

Malcolm Mitchell’s inspirational story has been featured nationally on CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS Sports, ESPN, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC and the NFL Network, and has been used by many schools as encouragement for students to embrace the importance of reading.  Malcolm has also been featured in numerous magazines and newspaper articles, including USA Today and Sports Illustrated Kids (celebrating National Reading Month). In 2015, a documentary about Malcolm won the College Sports Media Outstanding Special feature.  His commitment to literacy and book ownership resulted in him being recognized in 2016 by the Page Turners Make Great Learners Foundation. 

In 2015, Malcolm authored and published a children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat”.  Malcolm received a coveted invitation to the Savannah Book Festival, a rare achievement for a first time self-published author.  His book became the highest selling book in the history of the UGA Bookstore, and in 2016, he received the Children’s Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association.

In May 2016, Malcolm was drafted by the New England Patriots, and in February 2017 he became a Super Bowl Champion as a wide receiver for the New England Patriots.  Upon his return to Georgia, Malcolm received an Accommodation from the State of Georgia and a “Key to City of Valdosta, GA” for his work on and off the professional football field. In April 2017, Malcolm was honored at the 20th Anniversary of the President’s Summit for America’s Future and the America’s Promise Alliance Gala as the recipient of the Promise Hero Award for his contributions to America's Youth.  

In November 2017, Malcolm was the recipient of the Pinnacle Award from The International Dyslexia Association for his contributions to all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives. He also received the Youth Literacy Award from the National Read to a Child Organization for his support of youth literacy.

Sen. Burt Jones, R-Jackson welcomed Malcolm to the Senate On March 7, 2018, to commend him for his achievements and to recognize that day as Children’s Literacy Day at the state Capitol with the adoption of Senate Resolution 961. In the Spring of 2018, Malcolm delivered the Commencement Address to more than 3,000 students at Salt Lake Community College in Utah, urging them to follow their dreams and make a difference in the world.