22 student-athletes named to one in all school soccer’s most prestigious honors for group service

NORTHBROOK, In poor health., September 12, 2023 – Allstate and the American Soccer Coaches Affiliation (AFCA) are recognizing 22 student-athletes and one head coach for exemplary group influence by naming them to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew ®.

One participant, Blake Corum, a operating again on the College of Michigan, is on a mission to encourage others to dream massive and serve their communities. Corum began a Giving Again 2 Give Thanks turkey drive in 2021 utilizing cash from his title, picture, likeness alternatives. The drive gives Thanksgiving dinners to households in underserved communities in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

One other is Ladd McConkey, a large receiver on the College of Georgia, who has a ardour for serving to kids. He bonded with children who’ve most cancers or uncommon blood issues at Camp Rainbow. McConkey additionally helped with the shock donation of $100,000 to the Athens Downtown Academy, which educates the following technology of leaders.

Corum, McConkey and 20 different gamers have one mission: doing good of their communities. For greater than 30 years, Allstate and the AFCA highlight student-athletes whose outstanding tales usually go unnoticed. The ultimate staff was chosen out of 136 student-athletes who have been nominated from throughout the county.

“It’s inspiring to see how these younger males on the 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew select to make use of their items and skills to be a blessing to their group,” stated Tim Tebow, two-time nationwide champion, Heisman Trophy winner and 2009 Good Works Crew member. “Serving and loving individuals might help reveal the better objective that we are able to all have, not simply in sports activities, however in life.”

This yr’s Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew gamers have modified lives by mentoring youth, feeding the hungry and donating their earnings. Some even established their very own nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations – all whereas attaining excessive educational honors.

“This is without doubt one of the highest group service awards school soccer gamers can obtain,” Sam Acho, ESPN analyst, creator and 2010 Good Works Crew member stated. “It serves as an vital reminder to those athletes: they’re extra than simply soccer gamers.”

Will Shipley, a junior operating again at Clemson College is an instance of that. The star participant established the 1 CLEM5ON endowment to assist present assets to Clemson College college students, together with fellow scholar-athletes. A part of the endowment helps Clemson’s P.A.W. Journey program. P.A.W. stands for “obsessed with profitable.” The management initiative helps develop Clemson Soccer scholar-athletes by way of private progress, life abilities {and professional} improvement.

“I’m in awe of what these gamers have achieved by way of service and lecturers,” stated Troy Hawkes, govt vp and basic supervisor of gross sales at Allstate. “They exemplify what it means to go above and past in being a job mannequin and pillars locally.”

Junior punter Juan Velarde has been a group position mannequin since he began at NC Central. He served as a speaker on the NC Governor’s Advisory Council for Hispanic and Latino Affairs as nicely the Annual Hispanic Academic summit, sharing his expertise and entrepreneurial profession plans. Inside his group, Velarde has volunteered at Durham‐Raleigh El Centro Hispano to tutor and encourage college students along with his story.

“It’s wonderful to see what these athletes have achieved at such a younger age,” AFCA Government Director Todd Berry stated. “They steadiness athletics, schoolwork and group service. That is an impressive group of males who will proceed the Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew legacy.”

Click here for the full 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team roster of players and their stories

Vote for the captain   

At ESPN.com/Allstate, followers can be taught extra in regards to the gamers’ accomplishments and vote for the 2023 Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew ® captain as soon as a day now by way of Nov. 22. All through the season, followers can be part of the dialog utilizing #GoodWorksTeam on their social media channels to assist others be taught extra about these gamers and their tales.  

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 Concerning the Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew®  

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew was established in 1992 by the School Soccer Affiliation, recognizing the additional efforts made by school soccer gamers and scholar assist employees off the sector. The AFCA turned the governing physique of the award in 1997 and continues to honor school soccer gamers who go the additional mile for these in want. Allstate labored to current the award beginning with the 2008 season.  The Southeastern Convention (SEC) leads all conferences with 84 choices to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew because it started in 1992. The SEC is adopted by the Atlantic Coast Convention with 55 choices and the Large 12 Convention and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Convention, each with 41 choices. Georgia is in first place with 23 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Crew. The Bulldogs are adopted by Kentucky and Bethel (Minn.) with 17 honorees. Tremendous Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning have been members of the 2002 and 1997 Allstate AFCA Good Works Groups, respectively.  

Concerning the AFCA  

The AFCA was based in 1922 and presently has greater than 11,000 members around the globe starting from the highschool degree to the skilled ranks. In line with its structure, the AFCA was fashioned, partially, to “preserve the best attainable requirements in soccer and within the teaching occupation” and to “present a discussion board for the dialogue and examine of all issues pertaining to soccer.”  

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Jessica Porter, Allstate Media Relations



Vince Thompson, AFCA


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