Sept. 18, 2012
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Sept. 18, 2012 - Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced the 22 college football players from across the country named to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, , a group that includes Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.
One of the sport's premier service honors, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact that a select group of student-athletes has on their communities.
Lutzenkirchen, a senior from Marietta, Ga., has taken on visiting and supporting children with cancer as his personal mission, and has made an impact on several of them both near Auburn and in his hometown by visiting them and bringing teammates along, corresponding with them, and offering encouragement to siblings and family.
He is extremely active in service projects with Auburn student-athletes and has been asked by several colleges/departments at Auburn to visit with prospective students as an Auburn Ambassador. Philip helped start a Youth for Christ chapter at a local high school and works with his family in Marietta, Ga., on collection/donation projects for underprivileged youth throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, back to school, etc.). The Radio/Television/Film major is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and is scheduled to graduate in December 2012.
Lutzenkirchen is the third Auburn player to receive this honor since the team was established in 1992. Previously, Will Herring (2005) and Haven Field (1999) were members of the Good Works Team.
This summer, the Good Works program received 117 nominations from colleges and universities nationwide. From those, a prestigious voting panel comprised of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and college football media selected two 11-member teams - one featuring players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision and the other a combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
"As fans of college football, Allstate takes great pride in partnering with the AFCA to recognize these dedicated student-athletes for their accomplishments off the field," said Kathy Mabe, president of Allstate's West regions and a member of the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. "These players have demonstrated the unique ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time and energy to serve others, and we at Allstate commend them for their commitment to volunteerism."
The following players have been selected to the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®:
Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A)
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Barrett Jones Sr. OL Alabama Germantown, Tenn.
Philip Lutzenkirchen Sr. TE Auburn Marietta, Ga.
Sean Renfree Sr. QB Duke Scottsdale, Ariz.
Aaron Murray Jr. QB Georgia Tampa, Fla.
Collin Klein Sr. QB Kansas State Loveland, Colo.
Mike James Sr. RB Miami (Fla.) Haines City, Fla.
Patrick Omameh Sr. OL Michigan Columbus, Ohio
Rex Burkhead Sr. RB Nebraska Plano, Tex.
Mike Golic, Jr. Sr. OL Notre Dame West Hartford, Conn.
Kyle Negrete Sr. P Southern California Fresno, Calif.
Brandon McManus Sr. P Temple Hatfield, Pa.
Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and NAIA
Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown
Kevin Day Sr. OL Carson-Newman Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
Oakley Watkins Sr. OL Centre Frankfort, Ky.
Austin Tallant Jr. LS Chowan Glendale, Ariz.
Zach Bosch Sr. OL Drake Tuscola, Ill.
Brandon Hepburn Sr. LB Florida A&M Pomona, N.Y.
Chad Tothero Jr. OL Franklin & Marshall Ephrata, Pa.
Malach Radigan Sr. DL Lindenwood St. Charles, Mo.
Greg Tabar Sr. P Mount St. Joseph Cincinnati, Ohio
Michael Valesano Sr. LB St. Thomas Brainerd, Minn.
Tony Rosa Sr. WR Ursinus Philadelphia, Pa.
Steve Ciocci Sr. OL Wagner Roycefield, Pa.
Each year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® raises the bar for the impact that student-athletes can have on their local communities, and this year's roster is no exception. From creating mentorship programs for at-risk youth to building homes and health clinics overseas, these 22 young men have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of others through countless acts of service.
"The AFCA, its Board of Trustees and members are honored to partner with Allstate in announcing another great class of student-athletes for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team," said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. "These 22 student-athletes stand out from hundreds of other college football players who volunteer their time each week to make an impact on their teams, and in their community."
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching "Good Works." Fans can learn more about this year's team members and their charitable accomplishments by viewing player profiles on the website. The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special youth football clinic leading up to the 2013 Allstate® Sugar Bowl®.
The 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Andy Staples (SI.com), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Harvard University Head Coach Tim Murphy; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Kathy Mabe, President, West Regions at 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. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®," Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
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."
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