Franklin honored with young alum award

February 12, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Daniel Franklin of Centerton, Ark., will be honored with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award by his alma mater, Wayland Baptist University, during homecoming chapel slated for 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

Franklin is a 2003 graduate of Wayland and was a pitcher for the Pioneer Baseball team for three years. He was active in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Champions of Character Committee, Team Wayland and the Big Brothers program at a local elementary school. In athletics, he earned All-American Honorable Mention, All-Region and All-Conference honors. He also led a Bible study for his team. 

A native of Sherman, he earned the Roscoe Snyder Male Athlete of the Year Award, Senior Class Favorite and Spinning Wheel award for campus involvement in 2003 and the Champions of Character Scholarship and Best Smile honor in 2002.

After graduation, Franklin worked for the WBU admissions office for three years as a recruiter, then was a forecasting and replenishment analyst for Cott Beverages. Since 2007 he also has worked on the Walmart account in Collaboration, Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment for H.J. Heinz Sales Company.

He has taught home-based Bible study groups for Grace Point Church in Bentonville, Ark., emcees the children’s Sunday morning worship service, is a member of the Children’s Leadership Team and teaches first and third graders on Sunday morning. He also coaches a youth baseball team, coached youth basketball in the Boys and Girls Club league and is a volunteer for Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Daniel and his wife, LeAudra, director of children’s ministries at Grace Point, live in Centerton, Ark., and have a 2-year-old son, Cooper.

Franklin will receive his award at the traditional chapel service honoring all distinguished alumni for the homecoming year. The chapel is the kickoff for a two-day homecoming event which includes a banquet, luncheons, reunions for classes ending in zero, athletic events and Hall of Honor inductions, theatre productions, art shows and receptions.

For more information on WBU homecoming, call (806) 291-3603 or visit the Web site at