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Redfoot Picked to 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team

Redfoot Picked to 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 10 men’s basketball student-athletes from across the country named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team. One of the student-athletes selected is Penn State Altoona senior forward Joel Redfoot (Hollidaysburg, PA/Hollidaysburg).

For the third year, this prestigious award pays tribute to college basketball players at all levels for their impressive commitment to giving back to their communities and positively impacting the lives of those around them.

“I’m very grateful and honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award, but at the end of the day, what is more important to me are the experiences I’ve been privileged to have and the connections I’ve made along the way,” said Redfoot. “To be able to make any type of positive impact on others is why I give back. I’m thankful to be in a position that I can give back to people who might not be as fortunate as I have been.”

The Allstate NABC Good Works Team is comprised of 10 student-athletes: five from NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. Nominations were submitted by sports information directors and coaches at colleges and universities across the nation, and a record total of 158 nominees from the NABC were announced in early December 2014.

Distinguished voting panels comprised of former coaches, college basketball legends, and media members narrowed down the outstanding submissions to the final team. Leading the voting panel for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team was former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion, and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill.

“Community service and giving back are an integral part of Allstate's core values, and recognizing the NABC Good Works Team for its commitment in this area is one of the efforts we are most proud of,” said Pam Hollander, vice president of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2015 NABC Good Works Team selection panel. “In our third year partnering with the NABC, we could not be more honored to have a role in recognizing truly deserving young athletes who encourage all of us to make a positive impact on those around us.”

Redfoot, who is in his third year with the Penn State Altoona men's basketball team, has been a leader within the campus' Student-Athlete Advisory Council. He has helped spearhead several community service projects during his time with SAAC, including successful volunteer efforts that have benefitted the Special Olympics of Blair County, the Altoona Area School District's Mountain Lion Backpack Program, local Toys for Tots collection drives, and the Soles4Souls shoe collection.

“It’s a great honor for Joel to be named to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team,” said Penn State Altoona men’s basketball coach Billy Clapper. “The commitment he has made to make a difference in our community has inspired countless others to follow his lead. It is an honor to have him as a student-athlete at Penn State Altoona.”

Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city.

"The NABC is proud to partner with Allstate as we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the men selected for the 2015 Good Works Team," said Jim Haney, executive director of the NABC. "This group represents the best of the best of the student-athletes nominated this year. Each has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life in our world today."

The following players have been named to the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team:

NCAA Division I
-Kevin Alter: senior guard, U.S. Naval Academy (hometown: Rumson, N.J.)
-Malcolm Brogdon: junior guard, University of Virginia (hometown: Atlanta, Ga.)
-Jordan Green: senior guard, Texas A&M University (hometown: Flower Mound, Texas)
-Michael Obacha: junior forward, Appalachian State University (hometown: Edo State, Nigeria)
-Dominic Romeo: graduate forward, Santa Clara University (hometown: Turlock, Calif.)

NCAA Divisions II, III, and the NAIA
-Rob Anderson: junior guard, California Institute of Technology (hometown: Orono, Minn.)
-Karl Barkley: senior guard, Swarthmore College (hometown: Davidson, N.C.)
-Justin Kuhlman: senior guard, Belmont Abbey College (hometown: Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
-Sam Pugh: senior guard, Pittsburg State University (hometown: Branson, Mo.)
-Joel Redfoot: senior guard, Penn State Altoona (hometown: Hollidaysburg, Pa.)

In addition to Hollander and Hill, the 2015 Allstate NABC Good Works Team selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes 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).

Allstate also partners with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to select an annual Good Works Team comprised of 10 women’s basketball student-athletes from around the country.

More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team is available at http://www.nabc.org .


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