Sept. 20, 2011
NORTHBROOK, Ill. -Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has been chosen as one of 22 student-athletes for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, announced by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association on Tuesday.
For 20 years the award has recognized a select group of college football players committed to making a difference in their communities. There were 132 nominations for the award this summer, and a special voting panel of former award winners and college football media selected 11 team members from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 more from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
RG3 has volunteered with Friends for Life, a Waco daycare for mentally-challenged adults and teens, and One Book One Waco, a community-wide reading program that encourages the pursuit of education and literacy.
Griffin III has also spoken to students at area schools including Midway High School, Groesbeck High School, Cedar Ridge Elementary School and Copperas Cove Junior High School.
Additionally, RG3 has volunteered with Special Olympics, Santa's Workshop and Food for Families. He's also spent time as a mentor to local high school students and a volunteer summer track coach. Griffin III also participated in a public service announcement for sickle cell anemia awareness and as a volunteer speaker at the 2011 NCAA National Convention.
Fans can vote for the team captain by visiting ESPN.com and searching "Good Works." The Team Captain and his fellow award recipients will be invited to New Orleans to take part in a special volunteer project leading up to the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The 2011 voting panel includes: former Good Works Team members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002); 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 BYU; 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.