Sheffield Wednesday powerhouse Reda Johnson has made the shortlist for a major award – but not for his skills on the football field.
The popular defender is in the running for the coveted Professional Footballers’ Association’s Player in the Community Award 2014.
The 25-year-old is one of three players chosen by the Football League for the final stages of the category which recognises people whose community involvement made a huge impact over the last 12 months.
The Owls’ star has been nominated after having made more than 100 community appearances in his three seasons at Hillsborough, and for making a substantial donation to a school for children with special needs.
Reda has given £5,000 to Norfolk Park Special School 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 the remaining funds and launched a charity appeal in a bid to help them 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.”
Sheffield Wednesday has also launched a project which sees club representatives deliver PE lessons to pupils at Norfolk Park.
The Football League Awards celebrate on and off pitch achievements, rewarding players, clubs and fans.
The two other players nominated are Leyton Orient defender Elliot Omozus and MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 16.