Allstate, WBCA will recognize a Good Works Team® for the fourth year
By Libby Poland
Allstate and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) have teamed up, for the fourth year, to recognize a select group of women’s college basketball student-athletes who have shown dedication to service in their communities through the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®.
This past fall, college sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated student-athletes in women’s college basketball who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism.
The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award exhibit leadership skills both on and off the court and include individuals who have established nonprofits that provide youth with the necessary tools to become leaders of tomorrow, to raising awareness around pertinent issues that could save lives.
The WBCA and Allstate assembled a high-profile voting panel to select the members of the 2016 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®, including former college basketball student-athletes Tamika Catchings (University of Tennessee) and Alana Beard (Duke University); media members Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX); former head coaches Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech University) and Nell Fortner (Auburn University); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Pennsylvania State University); and Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company.
From the 103 WBCA nominees, the selection committee named five student-athletes from NCAA® Division I and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and NAIA Divisions I and II to the 10-athlete Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®, which was officially announced on February 9.
Members of the 2016 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2016 WBCA Convention and the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a local volunteer project benefitting residents of the host city.
“The WBCA is proud to continue our partnership with Allstate as we honor and celebrate the achievements and community service of our student-athletes. These young women have elevated themselves through selfless service, and ultimately have become a flagship in inspiring future generations of student-athletes to use their platform of sport for good,” said WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew. “The WBCA is thankful for the generous commitment of Allstate to reinforce and celebrate the profound impact of service for one’s community.”
This year will also mark the fourth year for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team®, a relationship between Allstate and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) to recognize men’s college basketball student-athletes for their good works off the court and in their communities.
Through its partnership with the NCAA, title sponsorship of the Allstate® Sugar Bowl®, and the Allstate “Good Hands®” Field Goal Net program, Allstate has become one of the most recognizable sponsors in college sports.
Since 2008, Allstate has teamed up with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as a 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.
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