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UMW's Taylor Johnson, Sam Partonen Among Nominees for Allstate Good Works Team

UMW's Taylor Johnson, Sam Partonen Among Nominees for Allstate Good Works Team

INDIANAPOLIS – Dec. 3, 2013 – 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.

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.

“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 the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at and

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; Arizona State University – Dave Whitmore; Boston College – Ryan Anderson; Brigham Young University – Tyler Haws; Brown University – Rafael Maia; Butler University – Erik Fromm; Central Michigan University – Chris Fowler; Cleveland State University – Ludovic Ndaye; College of Charleston – Willis Hall; College of William and Mary – Tim Rusthoven; Creighton University – Ethan Wragge; Eastern Kentucky University – Deverin Muff; Florida State University – Okaro White; George Washington University – John Kopriva; Georgia State University – R.J. Hunter; Gonzaga University – Drew Barham; Hampton University – Deron Powers; Illinois State University – Nick Zeisloft; Indiana State University – Lucas Eitel; Iowa State University – Melvin Ejim; Kansas State University – Will Spradling; Mercer University – Langston Hall; New Mexico State University – Kevin Aronis; North Carolina State University – Tyler Lewis; Northwestern State University – Gary Stewart; Northwestern University – Drew Crawford; Oakland University – Travis Bader; Ohio State University – Aaron Craft; Ohio University – Nick Kellogg; Quinnipiac University – Ousmane Drame; Rice University – Austin Ramljak; Rider University – Emerson Bursis; Saint Joseph’s University – Chris Wilson; Saint Louis University – Jake Barnett; Seattle University – Jarell Flora; Seton Hall University – Patrik Auda; Southern Methodist University – Shawn Williams; South Dakota State University – Marcus Heemstra; St. John’s University (N.Y.) – God’sgift Achiuwa; Stephen F. Austin State University – Desmond Haymon;Tennessee State University – Patrick Miller; Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jake Kocher; The Citadel – Dylen Setzekorn; Towson University – Timajh Parker-Rivera; Troy University – Jeffrey Mullahey; U.S. Military Academy (Army) – Maxwell Lenox; University of Alabama at Birmingham – Jordan Swing; University of North Carolina-Wilmington – Tanner Milson; University at Albany – David Wiegmann; University of Arizona – Nick Johnson; University of Arkansas – Kikko Haydar; University of Detroit Mercy – Evan Bruinsma; University of Florida – Patric Young; University of Houston – Mikhail McLean; University of Kansas – Perry Ellis; University of Kentucky – Jarrod Polson; University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Ishaq Pitt; University of Massachusetts – Trey Davis; University of Memphis – Joe Jackson; University of Michigan – Jordan Morgan; University of Notre Dame – Tom Knight; University of Pennsylvania – Dau Jok; University of Pittsburgh – James Robinson; University of Tennessee, Knoxville – D’Montre Edwards; University of Texas – Javan Felix; University of the Pacific – Trevin Harris; University of Tulsa – Nick Wood; University of Vermont – Luke Apfeld; University of Virginia – Joe Harris; Utah State University – Danny Berger; Wake Forest University – Aaron Rountree III; West Virginia University – Kevin Noreen; University of Wisconsin – Zach Bohannon; Youngstown State University – Mike Podolsky.

NCAA® Division II, III and NAIA

Albion College – Zach Hurth; Anderson University (S.C.) – Chandler Hash; Bard College – Patrick Lichtenstein; Bethel University – Caleb Hardy; Bluefield State College – Avery Holliday; Central Washington University – Joey Roppo; Coker College – Eren Moses; Colorado College – James Lonergan; Columbia (Mo.) College – Tanner Sutton; Dominican University of California – Connor Haysbert; East Central University – Miles Mitchell; Eckerd College – Alex Bodney; Felician College – Anthony Obery; Franklin & Marshall College – Ed Early; Hamilton College – Peter Kazickas; Hope College – Grant Neil; Illinois Wesleyan University – Nick Anderson; Kalamazoo College – Grant Carey; Kenyon College – Dan Giguere; LaGrange College – Jalen Butler; Lake Superior State University – Cameron Metz; Loyola University New Orleans – Cameron Hill; Montana State University-Northern – Patrick Jensen; Mount Aloysius College – Aaron Patrick; Newberry College – Brunes Charles; Oklahoma Baptist University – Cale Jackson; Penn State Altoona – Michael Wigfield; Pittsburg State University – Jake Bullard; Saint Augustine’s University – Joel Kindred; Saint John’s University (Minn.) – Jack Wittenborg; Saint Xavier University – Brad Karp; South Dakota School of Mines – Lance Kilburn; Southwest Baptist University – Preston Guiot; Southwestern College – Tyler Shirley; St. Mary’s College of Maryland – Nick LaGuerre; Union University (Tenn.) – Paul Valdor; University of Mary Washington – Taylor Johnson; University of Mobile – Cody Scott; University of North Alabama – Wes Long; University of Pikeville – Justice Elisha; University of the Ozarks – Andrew Cummings; University of West Alabama – Kyle Belcher; Westminster College – Paul Carswell.

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 Cross – Alex Smith; East Carolina University – Ariana Jackson; Florida Gulf Coast University – Sarah Hansen; Florida State University – Natasha Howard; Fordham University – Abigail Corning; Furman University – Brigid Morrissey; Georgia Institute of Technology – Shayla Bivins; Harvard University – Kaitlyn Dinkins; Iowa State University – Hallie Christofferson; Kansas State University – Chantay Caron; Louisiana State University – Theresa Plaisance; McNeese State University – NeTanya Jones; Middle Tennessee State University – Janiece Johnson; Montana State University-Bozeman – Jackie Elliott; Norfolk State University – Jazamine Gray; North Carolina A&T State University – Tracy King; Northwestern University – Meghan McKeown; Purdue University – Courtney Moses; Rice University – Nakachi Maduka; Seattle University – Kacie Sowell; Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – Jordyn Courier; Stanford University – Chiney Ogwumike; Stephen F. Austin State University – Daylyn Harris; Texas A&M University – Karla Gilbert; University of Akron – Rachel Tecca; University of Alabama – Nikki Hegstetter; University of California-Berkeley – Avigiel Cohen; University of Delaware – Kelsey Buchanan; University of Denver – Theresa Wirth; University of Hartford – Alyssa Englert; University of Hawaii – Kamilah Jackson; University of Illinois – Sarah Hartwell; University of Iowa – Kathryn Reynolds; University of Kentucky – Kastine Evans; University of Louisville – Jude Schimmel; University of Maine – Elizabeth Wood; University of Massachusetts – Jasmine Harris; University of Miami – Maria Brown; University of Missouri-Kansas City – Eilise O’Connor; University of New Hampshire – Kelsey Hogan; University of New Mexico – Sara Halasz; University of North Dakota – Allyssa Wall; University of South Carolina – Elem Ibiam; University of Southern California – Cassie Harberts; University of Southern Mississippi – Niesha Pierce; University of Tennessee at Martin – Heather Butler; University of Virginia – Lexie Gerson; University of Wisconsin – Morgan Paige; West Virginia University – Jessica Harlee; Western Kentucky University – Chaney Means; Winthrop University – Taylor Calvert; Youngstown State University – Heidi Schlegel.

NCAA® Division II, III and NAIA

Central Washington University – Jessica VanDyke; Davenport University – Alison Bouman; Dillard University – Amber Tramel; Gannon University – Jen Papich; Geneva College – Heidi Mann; Georgia College & State University – Shanteona Keys; Hillsdale College – Megan Fogt; Illinois Wesleyan University – Alexa Baltes; Loyola University – Jasmine Brewer; Marymount University – Katelyn Fischer; Metropolitan State University of Denver – Amy Nelson; Minnesota State University-Mankato – Alexandra Wilkinson; Montana State University-Northern – Taylor Cummings; Moravian College – Laura Jordan; Nova Southeastern University – Jessica Valley; Ohio Dominican University – Christina Pentaudi; Oklahoma Wesleyan University – Courtney Backward; Quincy University – Lucy Cramsey; Roosevelt University – Rebecca Williford; Saint Cloud State University – Carley Jeffery; St. Mary’s University – Dezirae Elias; Trinity University (Texas) – Hannah Coley; Union College – Amy Loya; University of Alabama-Huntsville – Shannon Steinert; University of Mary Washington – Sam Partonen; University of St. Francis – Paige Stankus; Valley City State University – Brittany Lehner; Warner Pacific College – Jessica Thoens; Washington University in St. Louis – Lucy Montgomery; Westminster College (Mo.) – Leigh Ann Lutz; Wingate University – Jasmine DeBerry; Worcester State University – Michel’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

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

About Allstate
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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.”

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