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UD’s Buchanan an Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams® Nominee

Dec 3, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

The the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 202 nominees for the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams®. 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.

In its second year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® 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.

Delaware’s Kelsey Buchanan was the only Colonial Athletic Association women’s basketball player, but was also joined by three CAA men’s hoops players in College of Charleston’s Willis Hall, Towson’s Timajh Parker-Rivera and William & Mary’s Tim Rusthoven.

Buchanan, a human services (administration and family policy) major at Delaware, uses the little free time she has away from the basketball court and the classroom to participate in the community, bettering those around her who may be less fortunate. Dating back to 2010, Buchanan has volunteered her time with more than 15 community service events.

For the past two summers, Buchanan spent over two weeks in South Africa as a member of a Intervarsity Mission trip, where she organized ans ran a kids camp in addition to work with Living Hope. The senior has also spent her time using her classroom skills as a mentor at Gilpin Manor Elementary School (Elkton, Md.), where she helps organize and counsel a small group of children dealing with a loss of a parent either to divorce, separation, death or incarceration in addition to assisting children with special needs.  With the group, she worked one-on-one with a young boy who not only struggled in school, but mostly socially.  Kelsey provided him with encouragement and constructive feedback.

Furthermore, Buchanan has also used her free time with the HENS Mentoring Program, the SAAC team representative, basketball free clinics, Delaware Christian Athletes (DCA), Special Olympics “Pig Skin Pass,” Food Bank of Washington D.C., West Park Elementary School, Delaware Discovery Days and CAA Can Food Drive/Delaware Food Bank.

“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 WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® 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 WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® 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 84 WBCA nominees and 118 NABC nominees submitted by coaches and 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® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA. WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will headline the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® voting panel, while former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will serve on the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® panel. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

“The WBCA is honored to partner with Allstate in selecting the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® for the second year,” said Beth Bass chief executive officer of the WBCA. “Each of the 84 young women who have been nominated by their respective head coaches for this prestigious honor have set examples that we all should follow. The selection committee will have a difficult time in selecting the 10-member team from this outstanding group of nominees.”

Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2014 WBCA Convention and 2014 NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Nashville, where they will participate in a community project in the city. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will attend the 2014 NABC Convention and 2014 NCAA® Men’s Final Four® in Dallas, where they will also participate in a community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.

“The partnership of the NABC and Allstate provides an outstanding opportunity to recognize 118 men’s college basketball players who have been nominated for the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®,” said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. “The contributions they have made locally, nationally and globally are uplifting and demonstrate their great compassion, spirit and determination.”

In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball players Greg Anthony (UNLV), 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).

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, WBCA and NABC, 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 WBCA Good Works Team® and the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® is available at and

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:

NCAA® Division I Women’s Nominations

College of The Holy Cross – Alex Smith
East Carolina University – Ariana Jackson
Florida Gulf Coast University – Sarah Hansen
Florida State University – Natasha Howard
Fordham University – Abigail Corning
Furman University – Brigid Morrissey
Georgia Institute of Technology – Shayla Bivins
Harvard University – Kaitlyn Dinkins
Iowa State University – Hallie Christofferson
Kansas State University – Chantay Caron
Louisiana State University – Theresa Plaisance
McNeese State University – NeTanya Jones
Middle Tennessee State University – Janiece Johnson
Montana State University-Bozeman – Jackie Elliott
Norfolk State University – Jazamine Gray
North Carolina A&T State University – Tracy King
Northwestern University – Meghan McKeown
Purdue University – Courtney Moses
Rice University – Nakachi Maduka
Seattle University – Kacie Sowell
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale – Jordyn Courier
Stanford University – Chiney Ogwumike
Stephen F. Austin State University – Daylyn Harris
Texas A&M University – Karla Gilbert
University of Akron – Rachel Tecca
University of Alabama – Nikki Hegstetter
University of California-Berkeley – Avigiel Cohen
University of Delaware – Kelsey Buchanan
University of Denver – Theresa Wirth
University of Hartford – Alyssa Englert
University of Hawaii – Kamilah Jackson
University of Illinois – Sarah Hartwell
University of Iowa – Kathryn Reynolds
University of Kentucky – Kastine Evans
University of Louisville – Jude Schimmel
University of Maine – Elizabeth Wood
University of Massachusetts – Jasmine Harris
University of Miami – Maria Brown
University of Missouri-Kansas City – Eilise O’Connor
University of New Hampshire – Kelsey Hogan
University of New Mexico – Sara Halasz
University of North Dakota – Allyssa Wall
University of South Carolina – Elem Ibiam
University of Southern California – Cassie Harberts
University of Southern Mississippi – Niesha Pierce
University of Tennessee at Martin – Heather Butler
University of Virginia – Lexie Gerson
University of Wisconsin – Morgan Paige
West Virginia University – Jessica Harlee
Western Kentucky University – Chaney Means
Winthrop University – Taylor Calvert
Youngstown State University – Heidi Schlegel

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2014 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:

NCAA® Division I Men’s Nominations

Appalachian State University – Michael Obacha
Arizona State University – Dave Whitmore
Boston College – Ryan Anderson
Brigham Young University – Tyler Haws
Brown University – Rafael Maia
Butler University – Erik Fromm
Central Michigan University – Chris Fowler
Cleveland State University – Ludovic Ndaye
College of Charleston – Willis Hall
College of William and Mary – Tim Rusthoven
Creighton University – Ethan Wragge
Eastern Kentucky University – Deverin Muff
Florida State University – Okaro White
George Washington University – John Kopriva
Georgia State University – R.J. Hunter
Gonzaga University – Drew Barham
Hampton University – Deron Powers
Illinois State University – Nick Zeisloft
Indiana State University – Lucas Eitel
Iowa State University – Melvin Ejim
Kansas State University – Will Spradling
Mercer University – Langston Hall
New Mexico State University – Kevin Aronis
North Carolina State University – Tyler Lewis
Northwestern State University – Gary Stewart
Northwestern University – Drew Crawford
Oakland University – Travis Bader
Ohio State University – Aaron Craft
Ohio University – Nick Kellogg
Quinnipiac University – Ousmane Drame
Rice University – Austin Ramljak
Rider University – Emerson Bursis
Saint Joseph’s University – Chris Wilson
Saint Louis University – Jake Barnett
Seattle University – Jarell Flora
Seton Hall University – Patrik Auda
Southern Methodist University – Shawn Williams
South Dakota State University – Marcus Heemstra
St. John’s University (N.Y.) – God’sgift Achiuwa
Stephen F. Austin State University – Desmond Haymon
Tennessee State University – Patrick Miller
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jake Kocher
The Citadel – Dylen Setzekorn
Towson University – Timajh Parker-Rivera
Troy University – Jeffrey Mullahey
U.S. Military Academy (Army) – Maxwell Lenox
University of Alabama at Birmingham – Jordan Swing
University of North Carolina-Wilmington – Tanner Milson
University at Albany – David Wiegmann
University of Arizona – Nick Johnson
University of Arkansas – Kikko Haydar
University of Colorado – Chris Jenkins
University Detroit Mercy – Evan Bruinsma
University of Florida – Patric Young
University of Houston – Mikhail McLean
University of Kansas – Perry Ellis
University of Kentucky – Jarrod Polson
University of Maryland Eastern Shore – Ishaq Pitt
University of Massachusetts – Trey Davis
University of Memphis – Joe Jackson
University of Michigan – Jordan Morgan
University of Notre Dame – Tom Knight
University of Pennsylvania – Dau Jok
University of Pittsburgh – James Robinson
University of Tennessee, Knoxville – D’Montre Edwards
University of Texas – Javan Felix
University of the Pacific – Trevin Harris
University of Tulsa – Nick Wood
University of Vermont – Luke Apfeld
University of Virginia – Joe Harris
Utah State University – Danny Berger
Wake Forest University – Aaron Rountree III
West Virginia University – Kevin Noreen
University of Wisconsin – Zach Bohannon
Youngstown State University – Mike Podolsky

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