LA CROSSE, WI -

Former UW-La Crosse football player and  2011 graduate Jason Church is receiving a prestigious award.

Church received a Purple Heart last year after an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan forced him to have both legs amputated below the knee.

Friday, he was named the recipient of the 2014 NCAA Inspiration Award for serving as a role model after confronting a life-altering situation with perseverance, dedication and determination.

Church will be given the award at a celebration in January.