While it is often college football players’ on-field exploits that receive the most attention from fans and media, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team award shines a spotlight on student-athletes’ efforts away from the playing field by sharing their stories of serving others.

Selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is considered the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport’s pre-eminent community service award. 

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.

This season, Allstate and the AFCA announced a record 132 nominees for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team!

From creating mentorship programs at local schools, to traveling on mission trips around the world, to donating bone marrow to a cancer patient, this year’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Team nominees boast some of the most impressive community service resumes in the program’s history. 

“This program has grown dramatically throughout the years due to the volunteerism and commitment of these great student-athletes to their communities,” said Mark LaNeve, Allstate Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales Operations, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team voting panel. “To be associated with an award that reflects so positively on college football is an inspiration for Allstate, our employees and our agents, especially as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team celebrates its 20th year.”

NCAA football student-athletes from all levels of competition are nominated representing Divisions I, II, III, and the NAIA.  Of those nominated, 22 will be named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. A complete list of all players nominated can be found on AFCA.com.

Look for our announcement in late-September to find out the 22 student-athletes named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, and find out how you can vote for the team captain.

We applaud and thank all of the nominees for outstanding service to their community!