Sheffield Wednesday’s Reda Johnson has been shortlisted for the coveted PFA Player in the Community Award 2014.
The Football League has named Johnson as one of three players through to the final stages in a category which recognises those whose community involvement made a huge impact in the last 12 months.
The Owls’ defender has been nominated after having made over 100 community appearances in his three seasons at Hillsborough and making substantial a donation to a school for children with special needs.
Johnson gifted £5,000 to Norfolk Park to help finance a £10,000 Magic Carpet - a sensory learning tool which projects interactive games onto the floor and responds to the slightest of movements.
He has now pledged to help the school raise remaining funds and launched a charity appeal in a bid to reach their target.
Reda said: “I’m delighted to have been nominated for the Football League’s PFA Player in the Community Award 2014.
“It’s very important for me that I do my bit for the local community and give something back because football gives me a lot.”
The Football League Awards celebrate on and off pitch achievements across the League’s 72 clubs rewarding players, clubs and fans.
The two other players nominated for the PFA Player in the Community are Leyton Orient defender Elliot Omozus and MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin.
The awards ceremony will take place at The Brewery, London, on Sunday 16th March 2014.