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Football’s Myers Among Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Nominees

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Northern Arizona kicker Matt Myers is one of 132 nominees for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announced. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation. 

"It is a great honor," said Myers. "As athletes that standout in the community, it is something that we should do because people look up to us. It is not done for any recognition. It is done to help out. There are people that need help. The entire athletics department does a great job in the community. It is not just me."

Myers volunteers at the Snap, Hold and Kick Summer Camp, a non-profit summer camp to improve football kicking skills and provide personal growth opportunities through a structured program in a relaxed learning environment. He has served as an instructor at the camp since 2007. He has also worked with Habitat for Humanity, Flagstaff Flood Cleanup, Earth Week, Red Ribbon Week, Student-Athlete for a Day and several local efforts. He is planning on coordinating an event with the football program and local hospitals to visit children.

This year marks the program's 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their "good works" in the community.  Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become 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.  

"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." 

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.   

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.  

"The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most important awards in college football because it highlights some of the best and brightest student-athletes in the country," said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. "With this being the 20th year of this outstanding award, it's great to see a record number of nominees sent in from some of the leading football programs in the nation. The AFCA is proud to share in this anniversary year with our partners at Allstate."

From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® – one comprising of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.  The 22 student-athletes named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be announced in late September. 

After a successful first-year partnership with ESPN.com, Allstate and the AFCA will re-launch its customized Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as an opportunity for fans to vote for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

The 2011 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), Rece Davis (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Gary Shelton (St. Petersburg Times), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Montana State University Head Coach Rob Ash; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Allstate Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales Operations, Mark LaNeve.

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.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. 

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Angelo State University – Alvin Johnson

Campbell University – Branden Burt

Campbellsville University – William Warf

Capital University – Troy Spiker

Carroll College (Mont.) – Nick Petrusha

Carson-Newman College – Byron Bell

Central College (Iowa) – Cory Nikkel

Central Methodist University – Jacob Heppner

Charleston Southern University – Chris Kuzdale

Dakota Wesleyan University – Anthony Muilenburg

Drake University – Stoy Hall

Duquesne University – Zach Richert

Elmhurst College – Chris Kirkpatrick

Elon University – Dale Riley

Ferris State University – Tom Schneider

Florida A&M University – Padric Scott

Frostburg State University – Josh Volpe

Georgia Southern University – Andrew Boyd Sasser

Grinnell College – Mike Bogard

Heidelberg University – Derrick Arbogast

Henderson State University – Nick Johnson

Hobart College – Jarrid Blades

Illinois State University – Matt Lancaster

Indiana State University – Alex Sewall

Johns Hopkins University – Doug Drummond

Macalester College – David Melms

McNeese State University – Ben Bourgeois

Millsaps College – Garrett Pinciotti

Missouri Southern State University – Kellen Cox

Montana State University – Rick Haluszka

Morningside College – Colby Rohde

North Dakota State University – Coulter Boyer

North Park University – Casey Smagala

Northern Arizona University – Matt Myers

Northwest Missouri State University – Jake Soy

Northwestern College (Iowa) – Chris Butler

Northwestern State University (La.) – Yaser Elqutub

Old Dominion University – Ronnie Cameron 

Samford University – Jeremy Towns

Shenandoah University – Kyle Feldman

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology – Andy Smith

South Dakota State University – Jake Steffen

Southern Illinois University – Mike McElroy

St. Cloud State University – Matt Theis

St. John's University (Minn.) – Andrew Rotschafer

St. Olaf College – Leon Clark

St. Xavier University – Michael Prosser

SUNY Maritime College – Ricky McClain

Tarleton State University – Levi Kirkland

Thiel College – Tim Taylor

Thomas More College – Jay Volker

Towson University – Marcus Valentine

Trinity University (Texas) – Markham Stayton

Tusculum College – Bo Cordell

Union College – Jonathan Stidd

University of California - Davis – Bobby Erskine

University of Dubuque – Michael Zweifel

University of Montana – Alex Shaw

University of New Hampshire – Chris Zarkoskie

University of North Dakota – Justin Belotti

University of Northern Iowa – Ben Boothby

University of Redlands – Tyler Aubrey

University of Rhode Island – Matt Greenhalgh

University of San Diego – Al-Rilwan Adeyemi

University of Sioux Falls – Braden Wieking

University of St. Thomas (Minn.) – Fritz Waldvogel

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga – B.J. Coleman

University of the Incarnate Word – Jacob Love

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Kris Rosholt

Wartburg College – Logan Hansen

Washington University in St. Louis – Kyle Larkin

Wayne State College (Neb.) – Joe Bundy

Wayne State University (Mich.) – Josh Renel

Wheaton College – Jordan Chapman

Williams College – William Hamrick

Winona State University – Alex Kautza

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®.

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.

Since 1992, the Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 52 selections to the Good Works Teams®, followed by the Big 12 with 38 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. In 2009, St. Thomas defensive back Jeffrey Hilliard became the 12th Tommie, and Georgia defensive lineman Jeff Owens became the 12th Bulldog to be selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, tying both schools for the most selections of all time. Super Bowl XLII and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively. 

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."