Tuesday, September 18, 2012
James, Renfree make Good Works Team
By Andrea Adelson
Miami running back Mike James and Duke quarterback Sean Renfree were among 11 FBS players selected Tuesday to the prestigious Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for the impact they have made off the field.
Each year, the Good Works Team recognizes those student-athletes who have served their communities and others in exceptional ways. 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 a strong academic standing.
A voting panel whittled down the 117 nominations received this year into two 11-member teams, one for FBS players and one for players in all other divisions.
James is the sixth Hurricane to be selected to the team, joining Robert Bass (1993), Tony Coley (1996), Ryan Clement (1997), Nate Books (1998) and Joaquin Gonzalez (2001).
During his career, James has contributed countless honors to supporting community service organizations in the Miami community, including volunteering for Empowered Youth, an organization providing mentoring to at-risk youth, serving as a project manager for the 2012 University of Miami Bone Marrow Drive and serving meals to the homeless with the Miami Rescue Mission. James has also been involved with The Ronald McDonald House, Rushing the Community and Canes on Patrol.
James is on pace to graduate in December with a degree in sport administration with a minor in sociology.
Renfree is the fourth Duke player to be recognized on the Good Works Team, joining Zaid Abdul-Aleem (1994), Re'quan Boyette (2008) and Bryan Morgan (2010).
The senior is involved in many community service efforts, including the Duke Children's Hospital, Durham Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Active Teens. He is a two-time member of the Academic All-ACC Football Team with an undergraduate degree in public policy studies and is currently pursuing a master's degree in humanities.
James and Renfree are invited to join fellow 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Work Team members in New Orleans to participate in a community project before the Allstate Sugar Bowl in January.