Elite Good Works Team® selection of student-athletes and honorary head coach are recognized and celebrated for their unparalleled commitment to their communities
Today, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® with help from an esteemed voting panel, including two-time national champion and former Good Works Team® member, Tim Tebow. From the 169 nominations reviewed this summer, only a select group of 22 college football players and honorary head coach are recognized with the Good Works Team® designation.
“It is an honor to be involved in a program that embodies the dedication and determination it takes to make positive changes across the country, while inspiring current and future players to do the same.”Tim Tebow
The prestigious award, which has played a prominent role in collegiate sports for more than 25 years, celebrates student-athletes and the honorary head coach for their extraordinary commitment to making a lasting impact off the field. One player has continued to pay it forward in memory of his brother by starting a nonprofit to provide immediate resources to families dealing with the painful effects of cancer, while another has planned more than 35 service projects to help restore local communities and empower young leaders.
“When asked to participate on the Good Works Team® voting panel I jumped at the chance, especially since this initiative hits so close to home for me,” said Tebow. “It is an honor to be involved in a program that embodies the dedication and determination it takes to make positive changes across our country, while inspiring current and future players to do the same.”
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In addition to Tebow, who will be participating for the third year in a row, the voting panel includes: president of the Eastern Territory at Allstate Insurance Company Dave Prendergast, former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team) and Wes Counts (Middle Tennessee State, 1999 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star) and Paul Myerberg (USA TODAY); 2018 AFCA President and Georgetown College head coach Bill Cronin; 2001 AFCA President and current athletic director at Virginia Union University Joe Taylor.
“It goes without saying how excited we are to recognize this diverse group of student-athletes and honorary head coach for their unwavering commitment to serving others and making a difference in their communities,”David Prendergast
“It goes without saying how excited we are to recognize this diverse group of student-athletes and honorary head coach for their unwavering commitment to serving others and making a difference in their communities,” said Prendergast. “Our goal for this program is to shed light on the often unnoticed and unrewarded acts of kindness off the field. Whether it’s serving as a mentor for local youth or donating time and energy to raising awareness of social issues, these young men are setting an outstanding example in the football community and beyond.”
The 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a special community service project ahead of the 2019 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®, where the entire team will also be recognized on the field during a halftime presentation.
“Football programs across the country do an excellent job of giving back to their local communities and helping those in need,” AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. “The 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team honors those select few student-athletes and one head coach who go above and beyond in the service of others.”
The following players and honorary head coach have been named to the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
|Clemson University||Sean Pollard|
|Duke University||Johnathan Lloyd|
|Kansas State University||Dalton Risner|
|Syracuse University||Kielan Whitner|
|University of California, Berkeley||Patrick Laird|
|University of Georgia||Rodrigo Blankenship|
|University of Nebraska||Freedom Akinmoladun|
|University of Notre Dame||Nic Weishar|
|University of Oklahoma||Caleb Kelly|
|University of Texas||Chase Moore|
|University of Wisconsin||D’Cota Dixon|
Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)
|Bemidji State University||Jared Henning|
|Bethel University (Minn.)||Kyle Kilgore|
|Butler University||Drew Bevelhimer|
|DePauw University||Hunter Sego|
|Drake University||Nathan Clayberg|
|Macalester College||Ethan Levin|
|Morningside College||Trent Solsma|
|North Carolina Central University||Nick Leverett|
|North Dakota State University||Easton Stick|
|Saint John’s University (Minn.)||Jackson Erdmann|
|Southwest Minnesota State University||Jon Dicke|
Honorary Head Coach
|Washington University in St. Louis||Larry Kindbom|
Fans are encouraged to visit ESPN.com/Allstate to vote for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain now through Nov. 23, 2018. The Team Captain will be honored at this season’s The Home Depot College Football Awards on ESPN.
Throughout the season, fans can follow along and join in on the conversation by using #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels.
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