Dec. 3, 2013
Tennessee basketball player D'Montre Edwards has been selected as a nominee for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team, as announced Tuesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company.
The Good Works Team 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.
In its second year, the Allstate NABC Good Works Team honors 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.
A senior from Charleston, S.C., Edwards has been a huge part of the Tennessee basketball program's community outreach efforts since he became a Volunteer, and he has demonstrated an ability to make tremendous connections with children. This was evident during team visits to East Tennessee Children's Hospital, where Edwards and his teammates made children smile, laugh and temporarily forget their ailments.
Edwards also has twice served as an on-court coach for participants at the annual "Hoops for Hope" basketball event in Knoxville that benefits the Down Syndrome Awareness Group of East Tennessee. For each of the past two summers, he has led by example when the Vols spent the day building roof trusses and constructing and raising exterior walls of new homes for Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.
Those are just three of many examples of Edwards' service record as a Vol.
From the 118 NABC nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select a 10-member team comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA. Former Duke student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® voting panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four in Dallas, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC and NCAA.
Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.
More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team is available at www.nabc.org.