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Hugunin Named An Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Nominee

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: July 15, 2014
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NORTHBROOK, Ill. – The American Football Coaches Association has named Drake University senior linebacker John Hugunin (Oswego, Ill.) a nominee for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, the organization announced Tuesday, July 15.

The award recognizes student-athletes whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport. A record-breaking 182 nominees from across the country in all division were highlighted as the sport’s finest in the areas of volunteerism and leadership among their peers.

Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities have committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.

Hugunin has established himself as a leader in those areas by coordinating the Bulldogs’ community service efforts at Blanks Children’s Hospital in spring of 2014 by overseeing and scheduling team members to visit the children and their families. He also facilitated community service efforts with the Special Olympics in 2012 and 2013 and was the team’s point person in securing volunteers from the team to aid in the event. Additionally, for each of his previous four seasons on campus, he has participated in Elementary School Reading Program in which 10-to-15 members of the team visit local schools every Friday.

"It’s great to see all the ‘good works’ these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. "The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team." 

On the field, Hugunin is as much of a standout as he is in the community. Prior to being selected as a team captain for the 2014 season he was a first-team all-conference selection in 2013 and led the team and conference in tackles in 2013 while ranking 13th nationally in total stops.

The final Good Works Team will be comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA. That final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.

Earning a spot on the Good Works Team has become a regular tradition for the Bulldogs as their work in the community has continued to garner national attention. In 2011 Stoy Hall was named to the squad as Zach Bosch was in 2012.

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