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Malcolm  Mitchell

Malcolm Mitchell

Former Wide Receiver for the New England Patriots & Children’s Book Author


Malcolm Mitchell is a native of Valdosta, Georgia. As a high school senior, he was an Under Armour All-American and finished in the top ten all time receivers at the University of Georgia (UGA). While a student athlete, Malcolm was recognized as the National Captain of the Allstate Good Works Team for his visits to elementary schools to read to students and talk about literacy, the first student ever at UGA to win this Honor. He also received the National Haier Achievement Award for his success beyond athletics. Additionally, Malcolm was the recipient of the Atlanta Sports Council Community Service Award, the Georgia Chapter of the National College Football Hall of Fame Jack Turner Award, and the UGA Student Athlete of the Year Award. He graduated in December 2015 from the University of Georgia with a degree in Communications. Read More >

During his freshman year in college, Malcolm developed a love of reading. Initially, reading was a challenge, however, through perseverance, books became an avenue for expanding his curiosity, creativity, and learning. In 2015, Malcolm authored and published a children’s book, The Magician’s Hat and created a youth literacy initiative called Read with Malcolm. In 2016, he established a 501c3 organization, Share the Magic Foundation whose mission is to transform children’s lives through literacy. Since its founding, the Foundation has placed books in the hands of more than 65,000 young readers and provided Read with Malcolm Literacy Programs to over 300,000 students. In 2021, the Foundation received the Chick-fil-A True Inspiration for its work in under-resourced communities. Today, Malcolm is a Scholastic Author and two times Children’s Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association.

Malcolm’s inspirational story has been featured nationally on CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS Sports, ESPN, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC and the NFL Network, and been featured in numerous magazines and newspaper articles, including USA Today and Sports Illustrated Kids. In 2015, a documentary about Malcolm won the College Sports Media Outstanding Special feature.

In May 2016, Malcolm was drafted by the New England Patriots, and in February 2017 he became a Super Bowl Champion. Malcolm received an Accommodation from the State of Georgia and a “Key to City of Valdosta, GA” for his work on and off the professional football field. In April 2017, Malcolm was honored at the 20th Anniversary of the President’s Summit for America’s Future and received the Promise Hero Award for his contributions to youth in America by the America’s Promise Alliance. Malcolm received the Foundations Inc. Champion of Children Award and the Pinnacle Award from The International Dyslexia Association for his contributions to individuals with reading differences, and in 2018, he received the Youth Literacy Award from Read to a Child. In 2019, Malcolm was named by the University of Georgia as one of the University’s “40 under 40,” and in 2020, he became a member of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's “40 under 40.” The SCLC honored Malcolm in 2021 with the President’s Award recognizing his literacy advocacy in underserved communities.

Among Malcolm’s numerous awards and accomplishments both on and off the field, he considers discovering a love of reading one of his greatest achievements. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: Be the Coffee Bean: Lessons on Adversity from a Super Bowl Champion

Life is Good Stories

Reading is My Passion

Malcolm Mitchell and Book Clubs

I Had to Work to Read

The Importance of Reading

I Beg You To Be The Coffee Bean

Speech Topics

A Conversation with Malcolm Mitchell

Books & Media


The Magician's Hat