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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Summertown Native Honored For Community Service Work

   The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company have announced a list of 201 nominees for the 2014 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams(R), which includes Summertown native and University of North Alabama guard, Wes Long.

 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. Long is being honored for community service accomplishments which include:  

*Leading projects that include tutoring and reading at local elementary schools

* Hosting Kids Fun Night and Movie Night at UNA. Helping teach basketball with Kilby Dribblers and Upward Basketball

*Volunteering with Boy Scouts of America, Make A Wish Week, Sara Lee, Baptist Campus Ministries’ Christmas for Children and the Coaches vs. Cancer Knights of Columbus Chapter

   In its second year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams(R) honor 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.

   "Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that 'good works' extend beyond the basketball court," said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams(R) selection panels. "Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities."

   While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams(R) help 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.

   The 2014 nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From volunteering with sick and underprivileged children to lobbying state legislature for new laws that could help save lives, this exceptional group of young men and women demonstrate the positive impact student-athletes can have on and off the court.

   From the 117 NABC nominees and 84 WBCA nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA(R) Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA(R) Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team(R) voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team(R) panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

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