• Received “Key to the City” from the city of Winnipeg
  • Order of the Buffalo Hunt Inductee
  • December 17, 2007 declared “Izzy Day” by Alex Haley Academy

  • The James Brown Award
  • NFL Hometown Hero Award for Community Service

  • Ed Block Courage Award
  • Chicago Bears’ Man of the Year

  • Jack Brewer Foundation Global Ambassador Award
  • The United Nations Millennium Development Goals Sports and Entertainment Committee Member
  • Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Local Hero Award
  • Perkins Bass Elementary Kids at Hope Award
  • Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist
  • Chicago Bear’s Man of the Year

  • Received the inaugural “Key to the City” in his hometown in Brandon, MB

  • The Common Ground Foundation Youth Advocate Award

  • Good City Philanthropic Award
  • All-Sports United Humanitarian Award
  • Daily Points of Light Awardee
  • Mobile C.A.R.E. Community Champion Awardee
  • Inducted into the Order of Manitoba
  • Received Honorary Degree from University of Manitoba

Community Involvement

  • Chicago Public Library Board Member
  • Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation Board Member
  • Canadian Society for Studies in Education
  • United Way AAI Senior Advisory Board Member