National Association of Basketball Coaches Allstate Announce Nominees to Good Works Teams®
Second annual award recognizes college basketball student-athletes for their commitment to volunteerism
INDIANAPOLIS – Dec. 3, 2013 – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC 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.
One of those nominees is from the Rider University men’s basketball team, junior Emerson Bursis (Scotrun, PA/Pocono Mountain East).
“I am so happy and proud of Emerson for being named a nominee for the Allstate NABC good works team,” said Rider head coach Kevin Baggett. “Emerson is a hard-working young man who is constantly striving to be the best on and off the court. Someday I see Emerson as a successful business owner or being a CEO of a large corporation.”
In its second year, the Allstate NABC Good Works Teams® honors 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.
An Economics and Finance double major with a 3.9 grade point average, Bursis is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association All-Academic team. With law school in his future, Bursis spent September of 2012 working at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
A career 80 percent shooter from the field, Bursis averages 16.1 points per game per 40 minutes played over three seasons.
“Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men 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 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 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 demonstrate the positive impact student-athletes can have on and off the court.
From the 118 NABC 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. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
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 and NCAA.
“The partnership of the NABC and Allstate provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize 118 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 and Hill, the 2014 Allstate NABC 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.