Senior Justin Drummond and sophomore Sophie Reecher are among 251 nominees for the 2015 Allstate Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Teams.Drummond is one of 97 male Division I student-athletes, and Reecher is one of 56 female players from Division I nominated. They are two of three representatives from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) on the list.
This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
College sports information directors and basketball coaches across the country nominated players who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and an unwavering commitment to volunteerism. From the 158 male and 93 female nominees, 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 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
A two-year captain, Drummond ranks second on the team in scoring with 12.8 points per game and is shooting 44.4 percent from three-point range. Drummond, a 2013-14 third-team All-MAC honoree, formed his own company, SparkC, last winter. As part of his company, Drummond has spoken to numerous youth groups in the Toledo and Washington, D.C., area about making good decisions and how to prepare for the future.
A 2014-15 team captain, Reecher has started all games this season, averaging 6.0 points, a team-high 5.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 23.0 minutes. She ranks sixth in the MAC in offensive boards (3.2 rebounds per game). While not on the court with the Rockets, Reecher serves as the president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the 2014-15 school year.For the third year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams help spotlight the off-the-court good works and service to others that often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. From creating organizations benefiting at-risk youth to volunteering overseas to help impoverished communities, there are countless remarkable stories of service among this year’s group of nominees. As full-time students and athletes, these players choose to dedicate their limited free time to improving the lives of those around them.
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefiting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay, and also will participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.
Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team panel. In addition to Hill and Catchings, the 2015 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams selection panel members include former college basketball student-athletes 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 worked 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 has been able to expand the Good Works Team to recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.