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Stoy Hall Among Nominees For Prestigious Allstate/AFCA Good Works Award

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: July 19, 2011
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) today announced a record 132 nominees for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, including Drake linebacker Stoy Hall. The award recognizes the selfless contributions to volunteerism and community service made by college football student-athletes across the nation. 

This year marks the program's 20th year honoring college football players at all levels of competition who stand out for their "good works" in the community.  Since 1992, selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has become the gold standard for off-the-field character and leadership for college football players. The honor is widely considered the sport's pre-eminent community service award.  

"This program has grown dramatically throughout the years due to the volunteerism and commitment of these great student-athletes to their communities," said Mark LaNeve, Allstate Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales Operations, who also serves on the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel.  "To be associated with an award that reflects so positively on college football is an inspiration for Allstate, our employees and our agents, especially as the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® celebrates its 20th year." 

While it is often college football players' on-field exploits that receive the most attention from fans and media, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® award shines a spotlight on student-athletes' efforts away from the playing field by sharing their stories of serving others.   

From creating mentorship programs at local schools, to traveling on mission trips around the world, to donating bone marrow to a cancer patient, this year's Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® nominees boast some of the most impressive community service resumes in the program's history.  

"The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most important awards in college football because it highlights some of the best and brightest student-athletes in the country," said Grant Teaff, AFCA Executive Director. "With this being the 20th year of this outstanding award, it's great to see a record number of nominees sent in from some of the leading football programs in the nation. The AFCA is proud to share in this anniversary year with our partners at Allstate."

Hall, a starting linebacker who also handles the Bulldogs' long-snapping duties, has been the unquestioned leader of the team's exemplary work in the community. He holds a coveted spot as one of Drake Football's Community Service Captains, and has spearheaded the Bulldogs Boys & Girls Clubs Community Service efforts in recent years. Outside of that Drake-related involvement with Boys and Girls Clubs, Hall on his own has worked at the Clubs for the past two summers and volunteered his time beyond the scope of the team's involvement each year.

Hall has worked to create a mentor program at the Boys and Girls Clubs that helps kids learn to read, and has organized reading programs in several elementary schools. He also has organized groups of teammates each spring to join him on a Boys and Girls Club visit and has taken the blueprint for his Boys & Girls Clubs reading program to Des Moines metro high schools, working with students and helping them toward graduation by raising their levels to standard high school levels.

In addition to that dedicated involvement, Hall is a leader among players in organizing the events of the Drake football team's annual Youth Day and has volunteered countless hours during the summer to work with kids at the Bulldogs' annual football camps and clinics.

On Drake's recent trip to Tanzania to perform service projects, climb Kilimanjaro and play the first American football game on African soil, Hall was heavily involved in assisting Dr. Steve Meyer of Siouxland Tanzania Educational and Medical Ministries (STEMM) with the opening of STEMM's orphanage, the STEMM Children's Village.

"Stoy is a Community Service Captain on our football team because he genuinely cares about other people and truly wants to give back and make a difference," said Drake head coach Chris Creighton. "Weekly visits throughout the year to the local Boys and Girls Club was not a part of our overall community service plan as a program but basically Stoy insisted and literally took over both the organization and implementation of these regular visits. Stoy also was one of our players who immediately saw the vision for what our trip to Africa could be.  He worked extremely hard to raise money so that our team could make the trip."

From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select two 11-player Good Works Teams® - one comprising of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and another representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA.  The 22 student-athletes named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® will be announced in late September. 

After a successful first-year partnership with ESPN.com, Allstate and the AFCA will re-launch its customized Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website featuring profiles and images of the final team members, as well as an opportunity for fans to vote for the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.

The 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Alex Van Pelt (Pittsburgh, 1992 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Grant Irons (Notre Dame, 1999 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Rece Davis (ESPN), Tom O'Toole (USA Today), Gary Shelton (St. Petersburg Times), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Montana State University Head Coach Rob Ash; 1987 AFCA President LaVell Edwards, former head coach at Brigham Young University; and Allstate Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales Operations, Mark LaNeve.

In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or community service while maintaining good academic standing.

The following players have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. 

Football Bowl Subdivision 

Air Force Academy - A.J. Wallerstein

Arizona State University - Aaron Pflugrad

Auburn University - T'Sharvan Bell

Baylor University - Robert Griffin

Boise State University - Chris Potter

Bowling Green State University - Ronnie Goble

Central Michigan University - Cody Wilson

Clemson University - Dwayne Allen

Colorado State University - Ivory Herd

Georgia Institute of Technology - Roddy Jones

Indiana University - Leon Beckum 

Iowa State University - Jake Knott

Kansas State University - Tysyn Hartman

Middle Tennessee State University - Alan Gendreau

North Carolina State University - Asa Watson

Northwestern University - Alexander Netter

Oklahoma State University - Brandon Weeden

Oregon State University - Johnny Hekker

Purdue University - Rob Henry

Rice University - Kyle Martens

Rutgers University - Scott Vallone

Southern Methodist University - Kelvin Beachum

Syracuse University - Adam Harris

Temple University - Wayne Tribue

Texas A&M University - Ryan Tannehill

Texas Christian University - Jeff Olson

University of Arizona - Nick Foles

University of Central Florida - Ronnie Weaver

University of Cincinnati - J.K. Schaffer

University of Colorado - Brian Lockridge

University of Florida - Jeff Demps

University of Georgia - Aron White

University of Iowa - Eric Guthrie

University of Kentucky - Jacob Lewellen

University of Louisville - Greg Scruggs

University of Memphis - Michael Antonescu

University of Michigan - Patrick Omameh

University of Minnesota - Donald Wilhite

University of Mississippi - Jason Jones

University of Missouri - Michael Egnew

University of Nebraska - Jared Crick

University of Nevada - Las Vegas - Nate Carter

University of North Carolina - Matt Merletti

University of Notre Dame - Dayne Crist

University of Pittsburgh - Andrew Taglianetti

University of South Carolina - Kenny Miles

University of South Florida - Chaz Hine

University of Southern California - Matt Barkley

University of Texas - Emmanuel Acho

University of Toledo - Eric Page

University of Utah - Tony Bergstrom

University of Virginia - Chase Minnifield

Utah State University - Eric Moats

West Virginia University - Keith Tandy

Western Kentucky University - Jack Doyle

Western Michigan University - John Potter 

Combined Divisions (FCS, II, III & NAIA)

Angelo State University - Alvin Johnson

Campbell University - Branden Burt

Campbellsville University - William Warf

Capital University - Troy Spiker

Carroll College (Mont.) - Nick Petrusha

Carson-Newman College - Byron Bell

Central College (Iowa) - Cory Nikkel

Central Methodist University - Jacob Heppner

Charleston Southern University - Chris Kuzdale

Dakota Wesleyan University - Anthony Muilenburg

Drake University - Stoy Hall

Duquesne University - Zach Richert

Elmhurst College - Chris Kirkpatrick

Elon University - Dale Riley

Ferris State University - Tom Schneider

Florida A&M University - Padric Scott

Frostburg State University - Josh Volpe

Georgia Southern University - Andrew Boyd Sasser

Grinnell College - Mike Bogard

Heidelberg University - Derrick Arbogast

Henderson State University - Nick Johnson

Hobart College - Jarrid Blades

Illinois State University - Matt Lancaster

Indiana State University - Alex Sewall

Johns Hopkins University - Doug Drummond

Macalester College - David Melms

McNeese State University - Ben Bourgeois

Millsaps College - Garrett Pinciotti

Missouri Southern State University - Kellen Cox

Montana State University - Rick Haluszka

Morningside College - Colby Rohde

North Dakota State University - Coulter Boyer

North Park University - Casey Smagala

Northern Arizona University - Matt Myers

Northwest Missouri State University - Jake Soy

Northwestern College (Iowa) - Chris Butler

Northwestern State University (La.) - Yaser Elqutub

Old Dominion University - Ronnie Cameron 

Samford University - Jeremy Towns

Shenandoah University - Kyle Feldman

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - Andy Smith

South Dakota State University - Jake Steffen

Southern Illinois University - Mike McElroy

St. Cloud State University - Matt Theis

St. John's University (Minn.) - Andrew Rotschafer

St. Olaf College - Leon Clark

St. Xavier University - Michael Prosser

SUNY Maritime College - Ricky McClain

Tarleton State University - Levi Kirkland

Thiel College - Tim Taylor

Thomas More College - Jay Volker

Towson University - Marcus Valentine

Trinity University (Texas) - Markham Stayton

Tusculum College - Bo Cordell

Union College - Jonathan Stidd

University of California - Davis - Bobby Erskine

University of Dubuque - Michael Zweifel

University of Montana - Alex Shaw

University of New Hampshire - Chris Zarkoskie

University of North Dakota - Justin Belotti

University of Northern Iowa - Ben Boothby

University of Redlands - Tyler Aubrey

University of Rhode Island - Matt Greenhalgh

University of San Diego - Al-Rilwan Adeyemi

University of Sioux Falls - Braden Wieking

University of St. Thomas (Minn.) - Fritz Waldvogel

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga - B.J. Coleman

University of the Incarnate Word - Jacob Love

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - Kris Rosholt

Wartburg College - Logan Hansen

Washington University in St. Louis - Kyle Larkin

Wayne State College (Neb.) - Joe Bundy

Wayne State University (Mich.) - Josh Renel

Wheaton College - Jordan Chapman

Williams College - William Hamrick

Winona State University - Alex Kautza

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®.

About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®

The Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® were established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field.  AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need.  Allstate partnered to present the award starting with the 2008 season.

Since 1992, the Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 52 selections to the Good Works Teams®, followed by the Big 12 with 38 selections and the Atlantic Coast Conference with 29 selections. In 2009, St. Thomas defensive back Jeffrey Hilliard became the 12th Tommie, and Georgia defensive lineman Jeff Owens became the 12th Bulldog to be selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, tying both schools for the most selections of all time. Super Bowl XLII and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively. 

About AFCA

The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."

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