National Association of Basketball Coaches, Women's Basketball Coaches Association, Allstate Announce Inaugural Good Works Teams

Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:00am EST

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Off-the-court honor recognizes 20 college basketball student-athletes for their
volunteerism
INDIANAPOLIS,  Feb. 26, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association of
Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and
Allstate Insurance Company today announced the 20 men's and women's college
basketball student-athletes named to the inaugural Allstate NABC Good Works Team
and Allstate WBCA Good Works Team.  

The award recognizes a unique group of men's and women's college basketball
student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of
volunteerism and civic involvement including building homes for the elderly,
leading basketball clinics, reading to students and working with children with
hearing disabilities.   

"The men and women being recognized with this award have demonstrated a
commitment to excellence on and off the court," said  Pam Hollander, senior
director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2013
NABC and WBCA Good Works Team selection panels.  "Allstate commends these
student-athletes for their contributions and are very proud to introduce the
inaugural NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams."

The following players have been named to the 2013 Allstate NABC Good Works
Team:

 NCAA  Division I                                                                    
 Name               Cl.     Pos.     School                     Hometown             
 Langston Galloway  Junior  Guard    Saint Joseph's University  Baton Rouge, La.     
 Jakob Gollon       Junior  Forward  Mercer University          Stevens Point, Wis.  
 John Mann          Junior  Forward  Belmont University         Smyrna, Ga.          
 Peyton Silva       Senior  Guard    University of Louisville   Seattle, Wash.       
 Tyler Thornton     Junior  Guard    Duke University            Washington, D.C.     
                                                                                     
                                                                                     


 NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA                                                                        
 Name            Cl.           Pos.          School                                Hometown                 
 Max Brewer      Senior        Guard         Franklin & Marshall College           Park Ridge, N.J.         
 Jake Greene     Senior        Guard         LSU-Shreveport                        Dry Creek, La.           
 Joseph Henain   Junior        Center        Mount St. Mary College                Hopewell Junction, N.Y.  
 Kevin Kotzur    Senior        Center        St. Mary's University                 La Vernia, Texas         
 Colton Overway  Senior        Guard         Hope College                          Holland, Mich.           


The following players have been named to the 2013 Allstate WBCA Good Works
Team:

 NCAA  Division I                                                                 
 Name               Cl.       Pos.     School                  Hometown           
 Blanche Alverson   Senior    Guard    Auburn University       Andalusia, Ala.    
 Whitney Hand       Senior    Guard    University of Oklahoma  Fort Worth, Texas  
 Caroline King      Senior    Forward  Brown University        Valencia, Pa.      
 Drey Mingo         Graduate  Forward  Purdue University       Atlanta, Ga.       
 Gizelle Studevent  Senior    Guard    Penn State University   La Jolla, Calif.   
                                                                                  
                                                                                  


 NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA                                                                          
 Name             Cl.           Pos.          School                                      Hometown            
 Amanda Deal      Senior        Guard         California State University                 Costa Mesa, Calif.  
 Kathryn Ganser   Senior        Guard         Merrimack College                           Needham, Mass.      
 Logan Frederick  Senior        Forward       Skidmore College                            Arlington, Va.      
 Kayla Wheeler    Junior        Forward       Rochester Institute of Technology           Clifton Park, N.Y.  
 Emily Huber      Senior        Guard         Ave Maria University                        Indianapolis, Ind.  


Athletic departments submitted 161 nominations for deserving student-athletes.
From the nominations, two voting panels headlined by former University of 
Arizona  student-athlete, five-time NBA champion and college basketball analyst 
Steve Kerr, and former University of  Tennessee  star and 2012 WNBA championship
team member  Tamika Catchings, selected two 10-member teams - each featuring
five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes
from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA.  

"We believe in the potential of this exemplary program as an opportunity to
promote the good works taking place in collegiate athletics," said  Beth Bass,
CEO of the WBCA. "The Good Works Team recognizes student-athletes who are
conscientious and caring individuals who will continue to make significant
contributions as civic leaders in communities across  the United States."  

Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an
official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2013 NABC Convention and 2013
NCAA Men's Final Four in  Atlanta, where they will participate in a community
project in the city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be
recognized during the 2013 WBCA Convention and at the 2013 NCAA Women's Final
Four in  New Orleans, and will also participate in a local community project.
Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.

"The NABC is pleased to honor 10 outstanding men's basketball student-athletes
for their hard work and dedication to charitable and community service-related
activities," said  Jim Haney, NABC executive director. "These student-athletes
have made a significant impact on the organizations they have served, and have
shown outstanding character on the court, in the community, and in the
classroom."

In addition to Hollander, Kerr and Catchings, the 2013 Allstate NABC and WBCA
Good Works Team selection panel members include: former college basketball
student-athletes  Greg Anthony  (UNLV),  Alana Beard  (Duke) and former NABC
Player of the Year  Jason Williams  (Duke), former head coaches  Bobby Cremins, 
Al Skinner,  Marsha Sharp, and  Nell Fortner, WBCA board member  Coquese
Washington, and college basketball media members  Seth Davis,  Andy Katz, 
Carolyn Peck, and  LaChina Robinson.  

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, NABC and WBCA, 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 NABC Good Works Team and the Allstate WBCA
Good Works Team is available at  www.nabc.org  and  www.wbca.org.  

About the National Basketball Coaches Association

Located in  Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest
"Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the  University of Kansas.
Allen, a student of  James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized
coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC
currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and
college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold
the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the
positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the
academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of
being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education.
Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found
at  www.nabc.org.

About the Women's Basketball Coaches Association

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's
basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for
the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for
women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, please visit WBCA.org.  

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation  (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its
Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate
Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home,
life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies,
independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well
as via  www.allstate.com,  www.allstate.com/financial  and 1-800 Allstate, and
are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate." As
part of  Allstate's commitment  to strengthen local communities, The Allstate
Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided  $29
million  in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes
across  the United States.

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."

NCAA, Final Four and Women's Final Four are trademarks of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association.

SOURCE  Allstate Insurance Company


Rick Leddy, NABC, +1-203-815-2437, ricknabc@gmail.com; or Amanda Manna, Taylor,
+1-704-644-6917, amanna@taylorstrategy.com; or Jack Watford, WBCA,
+1-770-279-8027, ext. 112, jwatford@wbca.org; or Laura Strykowski, Allstate
Media Relations, +1-847-402-5600, Laura.Strykowski@allstate.com

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