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Tanner Harrell Receives Montana Athletes in Service Award

November 21, 2023

Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) has recognized thirteen student-athletes for the Montana Athletes in Service Award (MAIS), including Montana Western's Tanner Harrell.

Montana Western Student Athlete Tanner Harrel
UMW student-athlete, Tanner Harrell, recently received MTCC’s Athletes in Service Award. Photo by J.P. Plutt, Dillon Tribune.

Each year, Montana Campus Compact recognizes one student-athlete from each MTCC Affiliate Campus across the state who has dedicated their efforts to serving the community while also pursuing their college degrees and certificates while participating in college sports. MTCC is excited to announce the following MAIS award winners for 2023:

  • Tanner Harrell – University of Montana Western – Football
  • Madison Miller – Salish Kootenai College – Women’s Basketball
  • Brynne Hitchcock – Montana State University – Alpine Skiing
  • Ben Held – Carroll College – Football
  • Sydney Hansen – Montana State University Northern – Women’s Basketball
  • Jaylee Azure – Fort Peck Community College – Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Cross Country
  • Trajon Cotton – University of Montana – Football
  • Kasidy Yeoman – Montana Technological University – Basketball
  • Tyann Graham – Miles Community College – Women’s Basketball
  • Seth Buckman – Flathead Valley Community College – Logger Sports
  • Lexis Hogan – Little Bighorn College – Women’s Basketball
  • Lauren Rodacker – Dawson Community College – Volleyball, Track
  • Kaitlyn Landwehr – Montana State University Billings – Cheerleading & Stunt Team

The recipients were honored at halftime of the 2023 Brawl of the Wild game at Washington Grizzly Stadium on November 18.

Montana Western recipient Tanner Harrell, current Association of Student-Athletes President (2023-24) and former Association of Student-Athletes representative (2021-23), actively contributes to the community by volunteering at a local elementary school and as a volunteer for freshmen move-in day. He is also a generous volunteer with Engine 18—an organization established in memory of Bulldog football team member, M.J. Simkins. Recognized as an excellent community member, Tanner lends a helping hand by assisting with moving people into homes, supporting the local elderly, and painting benches at the local special needs home. Additionally, he plays a significant role in community holiday events as Santa Claus. In the sports community, Tanner runs a podcast for Bulldog Athletics titled “Barkin’ With The Dawgs” and volunteers as a PA announcer at home events.

“These student-athletes have all taken on serious volunteer commitments in addition to their studies and athletics, and those selfless acts should inspire us to be our best selves and to give back to our communities,” said Josh Vanek, Montana Campus Compact’s Executive Director.