Carmel's John Michael Malloy is March's Student Athlete of the Month

Carmel basketball player John Michael Mulloy. (WTHR Staff)

CARMEL (WTHR) — John Michael Malloy is a standout senior for the Carmel basketball team.

But aside from basketball, the 6-foot 10-inch Butler signee is also big on community.

When Malloy was a freshman at Carmel, he remembers finding what he wanted to dedicate his time to off the court.

"I went to 'Dance Marathon.' We have an amazing one at Carmel. We’ve raised so much money," said Malloy. "When I left I knew I wanted to be part of it. I wanted to be a bigger part and that’s what I chose to do.”

So for the last three years, Malloy has been a member of Carmel’s cabinet.

He helps plan events, like Dance Marathon, to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

Personally, Malloy has helped raise around $3,500 through the years.

"Our high school dance marathon over the last three years has helped raise $350,000 each year," said Malloy. "I know Butler has a dance marathon and that's something I'll really look into. I'm just really excited for the future."

Part of Malloy’s inspiration is his friend and former classmate at Carmel, Matt Cooper. He watched as Cooper battled and eventually beat Leukemia.

“He was great friends with the basketball team and we would visit him every week. That stuck with me. And we’re able to help kids like him.“

John Michael Mulloy playing basketball for Carmel. (WTHR staff)

After graduation, Malloy is continuing his basketball career at Butler.

He hopes to also continue his efforts with Dance Marathon.

Papa John’s is proud to begin a new partnership with WTHR honoring student athletes in Central Indiana via the Student Athlete of the Month program. The Student Athlete of the Month program honors well rounded central Indiana high school students who have demonstrated excellence in athletics, academics, or clubs/ co-curricular school related hobbies. Monthly winners receive a $500 scholarship funded by Papa John’s and WTHR donated to the winner’s high school in the winner’s name.