Tigerville, S.C. – North Greenville sophomore forward Bryce Allen has been named to the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team it was announced today. Five NCAA Division II/NAIA men’s basketball players were selected to receive this prestigious community service award. The award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
Bryce Allen was one of the 278-players nominated for the honor. The list was narrowed down to 181-nominees during December. Allen is one of just two NCAA Division II players to earn the award this season as the three winners were from Division III and NAIA schools.
Allen was nominated for the award after spending his summer in West Virginia, working and witnessing to children in low-income communities. He worked with a non-profit organization called The Wade Center, spending nine weeks with 75-kids ages six through 12. “The Wade Center’s goal was not to just serve as a daycare for parents to drop their children off, but to make a place where Christ was shared freely and often with the kids,” said Allen. The Wade Center relies heavily on mission teams from churches across the United States to serve them, the children, and the community.
"Since receiving the call from the NABC, our staff has been anxious to tell Bryce of this tremendous honor. He is an unselfish young man and has the respect of his coaches and teammates for who he is and what he stands for,” remarked head coach Chad Lister. “The mission of North Greenville University and our athletic department centers around service and sharing the love of Christ with others. Bryce exemplifies this on and off the court. We are so proud to have Bryce representing our basketball program at this year's Final Four in Phoenix."
The nominees were narrowed down to the final 20 players by voting panels led by former Duke University guard, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and former Notre Dame star, three-time NCAA All-American and two-time WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins of the Dallas Wings. Both Hill and Diggins are making positive contributions that extend far beyond the basketball court, dedicating their time to various philanthropic initiatives, including teaching youth the importance of nutrition and physical activity. Each panel is comprised of a select group of former and current college basketball coaches and players as well as various members of the media.
“To be selected as one of 10 players in the country for the Good Works Team is a testimony to Bryce and his desire to serve others. This award puts a spotlight on all that is good about college basketball. Bryce Allen is the epitome of an NGU student-athlete and we can't think of anyone more deserving of this honor."
Since 2013, members of the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® have given back to the host cities of the NCAA® Final Fours® through a community service initiative and monetary donation. This year, members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate to be recognized at the 2017 NABC Convention and 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four® and will participate in a community service project to benefit Phoenix.
"Allstate is thrilled to be joining the NABC and WBCA for a fifth consecutive year to highlight the remarkable displays of character demonstrated by student-athletes around the country," says Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams® selection panels. "We are proud to be a part of a program that places such high value on altruism and community service, both of which are intrinsic to Allstate's mission."
“Over the summer I was able to be a positive influence on many kids that do not have many if any positive male role models in their lives. It was a really great experience, one I would not trade for anything, as I got to help guide one of my kids into a growing relationship with Christ. It helps you appreciate just how smart, kind, and loving kids can be. My goal over the summer was stated in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” I wanted the kids to learn each and every day about the love Jesus has for us, and help teach them and train them in Gods ways so they could rely on these things for the rest of their lives.”
2017 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®
NCAA Division I
Steven Cook, Princeton University
Billy Garrett Jr., DePaul University
Monte Morris, Iowa State University
Rand Rowland, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sabri Thompson, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA
Bryce Allen, North Greenville University
Jeremy Deemer, Graceland University
Evan Greening, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
Keith Griffin, Wingate University
Steven Weidlich, Susquehanna University
About the National Association of Basketball Coaches
Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs, and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.
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