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National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Announce 201 Nominees to Good Works Teams®

The National Association of Basketball Coaches, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 201 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams ®. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of...

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INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 201 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams®. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service.

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In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® honor players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers.  The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

"Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that 'good works' extend beyond the basketball court," said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. "Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."

While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® help tell the stories of good taking place off the court that often go unnoticed.  It is those players who demonstrate the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time to serving others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor.

The 2014 nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From volunteering with sick and underprivileged children to lobbying state legislature for new laws that could help save lives, this exceptional group of young men and women demonstrate the positive impact student-athletes can have on and off the court.

From the 117 NABC nominees and 84 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA.  Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® panel.  The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

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"The WBCA is honored to partner with Allstate in selecting the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® for the second year," said Beth Bass chief executive officer of the WBCA. "Each of the 84 young women who have been nominated by their respective head coaches for this prestigious honor have set examples that we all should follow. The selection committee will have a difficult time in selecting the 10-member team from this outstanding group of nominees."

Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA® Men's Final Four® in Dallas, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2014 WBCA Convention and at the 2014 NCAA® Women's Final Four® in Nashville, and will also participate in a local community project.  Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.

"The partnership of the NABC and Allstate provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize 117 men's college basketball players who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®," said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. "The contributions they have made locally, nationally and globally are uplifting and demonstrate their great compassion, spirit and determination."

In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball players Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O'Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).

Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team® to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.

More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and theAllstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.nabc.org and www.wbca.org.

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The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:

NCAA®Division I

Appalachian State University – Michael Obacha

South Dakota State UniversityMarcus Heemstra

Arizona State UniversityDave Whitmore

St. John's University (N.Y.) – God'sgift Achiuwa

Boston CollegeRyan Anderson

Stephen F. Austin State UniversityDesmond Haymon

Brigham Young UniversityTyler Haws

Tennessee State UniversityPatrick Miller

Brown UniversityRafael Maia

Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiJake Kocher

Butler UniversityErik Fromm

The Citadel – Dylen Setzekorn

Central Michigan UniversityChris Fowler

Towson University – Timajh Parker-Rivera

Cleveland State UniversityLudovic Ndaye

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Troy UniversityJeffrey Mullahey

College of CharlestonWillis Hall

U.S. Military Academy (Army) – Maxwell Lenox

College of William and MaryTim Rusthoven

University of Alabama at BirminghamJordan Swing

Creighton UniversityEthan Wragge

University of North Carolina-WilmingtonTanner Milson

Eastern Kentucky UniversityDeverin Muff

University at AlbanyDavid Wiegmann

Florida State University – Okaro White

University of ArizonaNick Johnson

George Washington UniversityJohn Kopriva

University of ArkansasKikko Haydar

Georgia State UniversityR.J. Hunter

University Detroit Mercy – Evan Bruinsma

Gonzaga UniversityDrew Barham

University of FloridaPatric Young

Hampton UniversityDeron Powers

University of HoustonMikhail McLean

Illinois State UniversityNick Zeisloft

University of Kansas – Perry Ellis

Indiana State UniversityLucas Eitel

University of KentuckyJarrod Polson

Iowa State UniversityMelvin Ejim

University of Maryland Eastern ShoreIshaq Pitt

Kansas State UniversityWill Spradling

University of MassachusettsTrey Davis

Mercer UniversityLangston Hall

University of MemphisJoe Jackson

New Mexico State UniversityKevin Aronis

University of MichiganJordan Morgan

North Carolina State UniversityTyler Lewis

University of Notre DameTom Knight

Northwestern State UniversityGary Stewart

University of PennsylvaniaDau Jok

Northwestern UniversityDrew Crawford

University of PittsburghJames Robinson

Oakland University – Travis Bader 

University of Tennessee, Knoxville – D'Montre Edwards

Ohio State University – Aaron Craft 

University of TexasJavan Felix

Ohio UniversityNick Kellogg

University of the PacificTrevin Harris

Quinnipiac UniversityOusmane Drame

University of TulsaNick Wood

Rice UniversityAustin Ramljak

University of VermontLuke Apfeld

Rider UniversityEmerson Bursis

University of VirginiaJoe Harris

Saint Joseph's UniversityChris Wilson

Utah State UniversityDanny Berger

Saint Louis UniversityJake Barnett

Wake Forest UniversityAaron Rountree III

Seattle UniversityJarell Flora

West Virginia UniversityKevin Noreen

Seton Hall UniversityPatrik Auda

University of WisconsinZach Bohannon

Southern Methodist UniversityShawn Williams

Youngstown State UniversityMike Podolsky

NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Albion CollegeZach Hurth

Montana State University-NorthernPatrick Jensen

Anderson University (S.C.) – Chandler Hash

Mount Aloysius CollegeAaron Patrick

Bard CollegePatrick Lichtenstein

Newberry College – Brunes Charles

Bethel UniversityCaleb Hardy

Oklahoma Baptist UniversityCale Jackson

Bluefield State CollegeAvery Holliday

Penn State AltoonaMichael Wigfield

Central Washington UniversityJoey Roppo

Pittsburg State UniversityJake Bullard

Coker CollegeEren Moses

Saint Augustine's UniversityJoel Kindred

Colorado CollegeJames Lonergan

Saint John's University (Minn.) – Jack Wittenborg

Columbia (Mo.) College – Tanner Sutton

Saint Xavier UniversityBrad Karp

Dominican University of CaliforniaConnor Haysbert

South Dakota School of MinesLance Kilburn

East Central UniversityMiles Mitchell

Southwest Baptist UniversityPreston Guiot

Eckerd CollegeAlex Bodney

Southwestern CollegeTyler Shirley

Felician CollegeAnthony Obery

St. Mary's College of MarylandNick LaGuerre

Franklin & Marshall CollegeEd Early

Union University (Tenn.) – Paul Valdor

Hamilton CollegePeter Kazickas

University of Mary WashingtonTaylor Johnson

Hope CollegeGrant Neil

University of MobileCody Scott

Illinois Wesleyan UniversityNick Anderson

University of North AlabamaWes Long

Kalamazoo CollegeGrant Carey

University of PikevilleJustice Elisha

Kenyon College – Dan Giguere 

University of the OzarksAndrew Cummings

LaGrange CollegeJalen Butler

University of West AlabamaKyle Belcher

Lake Superior State UniversityCameron Metz

Westminster CollegePaul Carswell

Loyola University New OrleansCameron Hill


The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:

NCAA®Division I

College of The Holy CrossAlex Smith

University of California-Berkeley – Avigiel Cohen

East Carolina UniversityAriana Jackson

University of DelawareKelsey Buchanan

Florida Gulf Coast UniversitySarah Hansen

University of DenverTheresa Wirth

Florida State UniversityNatasha Howard

University of HartfordAlyssa Englert

Fordham UniversityAbigail Corning

University of HawaiiKamilah Jackson

Furman UniversityBrigid Morrissey

University of IllinoisSarah Hartwell

Georgia Institute of TechnologyShayla Bivins

University of IowaKathryn Reynolds

Harvard UniversityKaitlyn Dinkins

University of Kentucky – Kastine Evans

Iowa State UniversityHallie Christofferson

University of LouisvilleJude Schimmel

Kansas State UniversityChantay Caron

University of MaineElizabeth Wood

Louisiana State UniversityTheresa Plaisance

University of MassachusettsJasmine Harris

McNeese State UniversityNeTanya Jones

University of MiamiMaria Brown

Middle Tennessee State UniversityJaniece Johnson

University of Missouri-Kansas City – Eilise O'Connor

Montana State University-BozemanJackie Elliott

University of New HampshireKelsey Hogan

Norfolk State University – Jazamine Gray

University of New MexicoSara Halasz

North Carolina A&T State UniversityTracy King

University of North DakotaAllyssa Wall

Northwestern University – Meghan McKeown 

University of South CarolinaElem Ibiam

Purdue UniversityCourtney Moses

University of Southern CaliforniaCassie Harberts

Rice University – Nakachi Maduka

University of Southern MississippiNiesha Pierce

Seattle UniversityKacie Sowell

University of Tennessee at MartinHeather Butler

Southern Illinois University at CarbondaleJordyn Courier

University of VirginiaLexie Gerson

Stanford University – Chiney Ogwumike

University of WisconsinMorgan Paige

Stephen F. Austin State UniversityDaylyn Harris

West Virginia UniversityJessica Harlee

Texas A&M UniversityKarla Gilbert

Western Kentucky UniversityChaney Means

University of AkronRachel Tecca

Winthrop UniversityTaylor Calvert

University of AlabamaNikki Hegstetter

Youngstown State UniversityHeidi Schlegel

NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Central Washington UniversityJessica VanDyke

Oklahoma Wesleyan University – Courtney Backward

Davenport UniversityAlison Bouman

Quincy UniversityLucy Cramsey

Dillard UniversityAmber Tramel

Roosevelt UniversityRebecca Williford

Gannon UniversityJen Papich

Saint Cloud State UniversityCarley Jeffery

Geneva CollegeHeidi Mann

St. Mary's UniversityDezirae Elias

Georgia College & State UniversityShanteona Keys

Trinity University (Texas) – Hannah Coley

Hillsdale CollegeMegan Fogt

Union CollegeAmy Loya

Illinois Wesleyan UniversityAlexa Baltes

University of Alabama-HuntsvilleShannon Steinert

Loyola UniversityJasmine Brewer

University of Mary WashingtonSam Partonen

Marymount UniversityKatelyn Fischer

University of St. FrancisPaige Stankus

Metropolitan State University of DenverAmy Nelson

Valley City State UniversityBrittany Lehner

Minnesota State University-MankatoAlexandra Wilkinson

Warner Pacific CollegeJessica Thoens

Montana State University-NorthernTaylor Cummings

Washington University in St. LouisLucy Montgomery

Moravian CollegeLaura Jordan

Westminster College (Mo.) – Leigh Ann Lutz

Nova Southeastern UniversityJessica Valley

Wingate UniversityJasmine DeBerry

Ohio Dominican UniversityChristina Pentaudi

Worcester State UniversityMichel'le St. Pierre

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.

About AFCA
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."

About Allstate
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

NCAA, Final Four and Women's Final Four are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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