Dec 10, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT
During a time of year when giving and compassion are celebrated, University of Delaware senior defensive lineman Siddiq Haynes has been announced by Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association as the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain, a community service award determined by college football fan voters on ESPN.com.
|Delaware’s Siddiq Haynes (credit Mark Campbell)|
Haynes is the first Team Captain recognized in the 19-year history of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. ESPN personality and Good Works Team® national ambassador Lou Holtz presented Haynes with his trophy during The Home Depot College Football Awards, televised on ESPN Thursday night.
Haynes, a second team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection who anchored a defense that led the nation in scoring defense at 12.3 points per game, was unable to attend the event as he was preparing for the University of Delaware’s NCAA quarterfinal playoff game vs. CAA Football foe New Hampshire Friday night. The No. 5 ranked Blue Hens (10-2) will take on the Wildcats (8-4) at 8 p.m. at Delaware Stadium. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPN2 as well as broadcast live on WDSD 94.7 FM and WVUD 91.3 FM.
Haynes prepared an acceptance message that was shown during the broadcast, which included the presentation of various national postition by position player of the year awards.
“On behalf of the University of Delaware, I thank Allstate and the AFCA for honoring me as the captain of the Good Works Team,” said Haynes. “In recognizing me they also honor all 22 finalists for the hard work we put in throughout our communities. When others guys see that you put in that extra effort beyond the field, they want to be a part of it as well. It’s something we don’t have to do as part of our scholarship, but we want to help out because it’s good to give back to the community.”
“The things he does in that locker room, in the classroom, in the community, on the playing field … it’s such a great story,” said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler. “It’s a great story because he came here and had to work for everything he got. He has and it’s been great for us.”
“As one who works tirelessly to help those in need within his community, Siddiq Haynes is a great example of the student-athlete commitment to volunteerism that the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® represents,” said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate. “Allstate is proud of Siddiq and the inspiration he has become for many, and we congratulate him on being named the first-ever Team Captain.”
A former walk-on player at Delaware, Haynes has contributed to a variety of community service organizations around Newark, Del. and his hometown of Durham, N.C. He has volunteered to serve the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Newark, DuPont Children’s Hospital, New Castle Youth Football and the Special Olympics of Delaware, among other organizations. The senior has also supported various cancer initiatives, such as lung cancer walks and bone marrow drives.
Haynes and his fellow Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a special community service project prior to the 2011 Allstate® Sugar Bowl. The players will join a team of Allstate volunteers to help clean up various locations in the Lower Ninth Ward, an area devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. For the third consecutive season, the Good Works Team® will also be honored at halftime of the Allstate® Sugar Bowl, which will be televised nationally on ESPN on Jan. 4, 2011.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® consists of two 11-member teams, one that includes players competing in the NCAA® Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and the other a combined team representing the NCAA® Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. A program record 112 players were nominated for the 2010 award by sports information directors on behalf of their teams. From the nominations, a special selection committee named the 22 members of the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
To learn more about the student-athletes selected to this year’s team, fans can visit ESPN.com and search “Good Works.”
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About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and 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 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 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 22 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.
The American Football Coaches Association was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 10,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, 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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