Tuesday, July 20, 2010
ACC's Allstate AFCA Good Works nominees
By Heather Dinich
The following players were among 112 nominated for the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team:
Christian Ponder, quarterback, Florida State
Ponder has recorded numerous public service announcements for Tobacco Free Florida in an effort to raise awareness and denounce the use of tobacco in the state. He’s also served community organizations like the United Way of the Big Bend, YMCA and Boys & Girls Club.
Roddy Jones, running back, Georgia Tech
Jones served as speaker at Georgia Tech’s annual Kids@Kollege event, which benefits Atlanta-based children organizations by bringing kids on campus for a day of academic and recreational activities. He also played in a charity wheelchair basketball game to raise money for BlazeSports Clubs, a program that offers quality sports instruction, training and competition opportunities to children and adults with physical disabilities.
Ras-I Dowling, cornerback, Virginia
Dowling has been involved with the Virginia athletic department’s Athletes Committed to Community and Education (A.C.E.) program, which promotes classroom success and achievement through partnerships between local schools and Cavalier student-athletes. He’s also participated in the football team’s Bone Marrow Registration Drive through the Get in the Game, Save a Life program.
Danny Coale, wide receiver, Virginia Tech
Coale visits local elementary schools through Hokies with Heart, a team service initiative, and also donates time to coach Frank Beamer’s literacy program, Herma’s Readers, to promote the importance of strong reading skills to young school children. The receiver has been a helpful volunteer on campus move-in day as well, helping freshmen students move into their dorms before the fall semester.
Bryan Morgan, center, Duke
Morgan participated in Camp Kaleidoscope, where he spent time with Duke Children’s Hospital patients who were unable to participate in regular summer camps. The senior also visits the Forest at Duke Retirement Home to provide companionship and assistance to the residents.
Mason Cloy, center, Clemson
Cloy volunteers his time to local nursing homes, orphanages and middle schools and has also participated in Relay for Life to raise money for the American Cancer Society. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the offensive lineman encourages other student-athletes to focus on giving back to local communities through the Athlete Ministry leadership team.
Robert Quinn, defensive end, North Carolina
Quinn befriended a high school football player struggling with a malignant brain tumor and provided inspiration and support to the young athlete during the course of his treatment. The standout defensive end was also one of six football players to participate in ZTA Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Event, where he took part in a yogurt eating contest to promote breast cancer awareness.
Two 11-player Good Works Teams -- one comprised of players from the FBS and another representing players from the FCS, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA -- will be announced in September.
ESPN.com will launch a customized Allstate AFCA Good Works Team web site featuring profiles and images of the final 22 award recipients, as well as unique and interactive content for college football fans. For the first time in the program's history, fans will be able to vote for a Team Captain on ESPN.com.