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Gators Christian Garcia receives award for helping victim

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There are bad things in the land of college football.

There is violence and drug use. There is entitlement and players taking shortcuts.

However, there are good things, too. Just ask Florida Gators linebacker Christian Garcia, who was honored at the White House this week as part of the “It’s on Us” Awards, created by President Barack Obama to help put a stop to sexual assaults on college campuses.

In July, Garcia was working as a security guard at a bar when he went to take out the trash. He saw a man molesting an unconscious woman and confronted him. The two scuffled and the man fled. But thanks to Garcia’s actions, he was later apprehended.

“I mean, at that point, I’m like, this isn’t right. This girl is probably drunk, there’s no possible way she could’ve given consent,” Garcia said at the time.

After visiting Washington, Garcia told the school’s website: “This is a great honor. It’s pretty cool to get recognized for a good cause.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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