UW-Stout tight end Patrick Mengelkoch got more than his money’s worth out of his college years.
On top of becoming a football All-American and majoring in service management, Mengelkoch immersed himself in the campus community and Menomonie community.
During his years at UW-Stout, Mengelkoch, both as a team captain and before being selected, was instrumental in organizing football team members in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, food drives, campuswide move-in days, campuswide clean-up days and many other events. He also served a stint as a student government senator.
“Patrick understands the big picture in life,” said Clayt Birmingham, Blue Devils head football coach. “It’s not just football but helping the community and the people around you.”
Off campus, Mengelkoch worked with third-grader Brett Boettcher at Oaklawn School twice a week. Brett suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and Mengelkoch met with him for physical and classroom activities.  
“Pat is an incredible young man who puts serving others first,” said Bart Boettcher, Brett’s father. “He has made such a positive influence in Brett’s life. He has been an inspiration to our family, and we will be forever grateful.”
For his efforts, Mengelkoch was one of 22 players from across NCAA Divisions I, II, III and NAIA schools selected to the 2010 Allstate AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) Good Works Team.
Mengelkoch was flown to New Orleans, where he was honored Jan. 14 at halftime of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but there still was work to do before the game.
Mengelkoch, a senior from Champlin, Minn., and other members of the Good Works Team volunteered on a community service project in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, continuing clean-up efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
“We worked all day clearing abandoned property, building a community greenhouse and garden and making homemade street signs for one of the most devastated areas in New Orleans,” Mengelkoch said. “Many of the houses hadn’t been touched since Hurricane Katrina hit.”
After a VIP dinner at the Superdome on game day, Good Works Team players were treated to 50-yard line seats at the game, were introduced at halftime in front of 73,000 fans and a national television audience and met legendary football coach Lou Holtz.
“The whole trip was amazing and we really got the VIP treatment everywhere we went,” Mengelkoch said.

Summer Outlook 2012