News Item - Sports - Intercollegiate Athletics at Penn State Altoona
Wigfield Nominated to Good Works Team
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company announced last Tuesday the 118 nominees for the 2014 Allstate Good Works Team. 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 student-athletes named to the Division III group of the Good Works Team was Penn State Altoona sophomore forward Michael Wigfield (Flinton, PA/Glendale).
“Michael is a great representative of what a student-athlete can be. He makes a difference in his community, is an excellent student in the classroom, and has developed into a great player at Penn State Altoona,” said Billy Clapper, head coach of the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team. “He is setting the bar high for his teammates here.”
In its second year, the Good Works Team 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.
While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Good Works Team helps 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.
From the 118 NABC nominees submitted by coaches and sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select a 10-member team 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 headlines the Good Works Team voting panel. The final roster of award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Members of the Good Works Team will attend the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Dallas, where they will also participate in a 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.”
More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team is available at http://www.nabc.org .
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