Allen Named to Allstate Good Works Team
North Greenville University sophomore, Bryce Allen, was recently named to the 2017 National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team.
According to the Good Works Team website, the Allstate NABC and WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Good Works Teams are each comprised of 10 student-athletes – five from NCAA® Division I, and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
Allen spent this past summer overseeing The Wade Center’s sports camp in West Virginia. The Wade Center is a non-profit organization based in Bluefield, WV, that according to their mission statement seeks, "to be a centerpiece in our community for spiritual, educational, recreational, and cultural resources.”
The organization takes children from the local community and makes sure that they receive proper nutritional foods and spiritual nourishment while under their care. Allen noted that he served in, “…a camp that allowed the kids to learn about Jesus, get out some energy, and get two and a half meals a day, which for many of them, could be all [that they had].”
Allen realized at a young age that it was important to not only give back to communities, but to invest in the lives of youth wherever he could.
“I have always had a heart for kids, for serving them, and trying to plant positive things in them at a very early age," noted Allen. "I had been on several mission trips to the wade center [before the summer] and the kids had such a positive impact on life and I could tell that I was impacting theirs.”
Athletes who enjoy investing their time and resources in to the community, while also continuing to excel both on the court and in the classroom, have become an increased rarity. However, the two coaches associations understand that it is important to recognize students, like Allen, who exceed expectations in these areas.
According to the Good Works Team website, "nominees for the awards were narrowed 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."
Winners of the 2017 awards will be invited to attend the 2017 NCAA Final Four in Phoenix, Ariz., as well as to the NABC Convention, with the opportunity to be introduced based on their individual merit, at each event.
An official statement from the Allstate Good Works Team read, “For five years, the Allstate Good Works Team program has showcased men’s and women’s basketball collegiate athletes for their extraordinary benevolent actions performed away from the court,” said Jim Haney, NABC executive director. “We applaud the group of 20 selected for this year’s teams whose humanitarian efforts have helped raise the human spirit locally, nationally, and globally.
On receiving the Allstate honors, Allen made it clear that, “receiving this award was really cool, and an extreme honor. However, what I really hope comes from this award is recognition for the Wade Center. My goal is to bring God glory. No matter how it happens that is my goal.”
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