ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis University men’s soccer student-athlete Saadiq Mohammed is the 2016 recipient of the Carl O. Bauer Award, presented by the Missouri Athletic Club. Mohammed will receive the honor Monday, Dec. 5, at the Jack Buck Awards at the MAC.
The Bauer Award, which was established in 1978, is presented annually to the top amateur sports figure in the St. Louis area. Mohammed will be introduced by SLU head coach Mike McGinty.
Mohammed’s journey to Saint Louis University has been an inspiration to many. A son of Somali parents and born in Kenya, Mohammed grew up during Somalia’s civil war that broke out in the 1980s. His escape was soccer, and he was part of the Somali senior national team in 2012. Mohammed’s American dream was realized in 2014 when he came to the United States.
Mohammed’s story is the subject of a documentary, “Men in the Arena,” which helped pave the way for his journey to America. He accepted a scholarship to Saint Louis University prior to the 2016 season.
Mohammed appeared in 13 games during his rookie season with the Billikens, scoring three goals and adding an assist. He helped SLU capture the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season crown and was named to the A-10’s All-Rookie team.
Mohammed is the 14th Saint Louis University representative to receive the Carl O. Bauer Award, which is named in honor of the MAC’s former athletic director who brought innovation and inspiration to the Club during his 45 years of service. Former SLU honorees are Jordair Jett (2014), Dwayne Evans and Jim Crews (2013), Mike McGinty (2012), Anne Kordes (2009), Cheryl Levick (2006), Marque Perry (2003), Doug Woolard (2002), Larry Hughes (1998), Erwin Claggett, Scott Highmark and H Waldman (1995), and Anthony Bonner (1990).
The banquet will air live on KMOX Radio beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 5. A one-hour show of the Buck Awards will air on FOX Sports Midwest throughout December.