NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Northern Arizona's redshirt junior Corbin Jounttti is a nominee for the 2016 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®, one of the most coveted off-the-field honors in college football. There are 165 players from all levels up for the award. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1992 to recognize a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others.
For 25 years, the players selected have carried on the award's mission by demonstrating that 'good works' extend beyond the football field. This year's nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing inspiring stories of servitude and the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics, while donating their limited free time and energy to helping others.
Jountti, a running back from Bakersfield, Calif., has accumulated over 100 hours of community service while attending NAU. He is president of Uplifting Athletes, vice president of NAU's Hip-Hop Club, and is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Gold'N Brown Jacks.
Jountti has traveled not only across the United States for his volunteerism efforts, but he has made trips to Australia and New Zealand in 2014, and most recently South Africa in 2015.
He has spent time providing a helping hand to Toys for Tots, Prime Time Youth Football, Eagles Pop Warner, Welcome Back Jacks, RA Night, MLK Jr. Day of Service, Spring Game Clinic, Blood Drive, Student-Athlete for a Day, and many more.
With winning records and championships on the line each season, off-the-field service contributions can go overlooked. The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® pays tribute to these stories of good and the student-athletes who have dedicated countless hours towards helping others.
"The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team has been one of the most prestigious off-the-field awards in college football for the past 25 years," AFCA Executive Director Todd Berry said. "It is with great pride that we partner with Allstate to highlight some of the best student-athletes in the country who not only excel on the field, but off of it as well."
In honor of the 25th anniversary, Allstate and the AFCA will add three additional spots to this year's team and announce a final roster of 25 members in September. For the first time in the award's history, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be comprised of 12 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, 12 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA and an honorary head coach.
Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ®.