2007 AFCA Good Works TeamĀ® Announced

St. Thomas earned its record tenth-straight selection to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team®, while Georgia strong safety Kelin Johnson became the 11th Bulldog selected to the Good Works Team, which ties Nebraska for the most selections all-time. Steve Walker became North Dakota State’s fourth-straight selection on the Divisional Team. California, Central Michigan, Illinois State, Murray State, Southern Illinois, Wayne State (Mich.), Chicago and Gettysburg all earned Good Works honors for the first time.

The two 11-man teams, a Division I-A team and a combined team from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, honor players for their dedication and commitment to community service. The AFCA has been selecting the Good Works Team since 1997. From 1992-1996, the Good Works Team was chosen by the College Football Association. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA began selecting the teams.

“It never ceases to amaze me to see the contributions student-athletes make to their communities,” AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. “Often times, these young men are better known for the good things they do on the field. The AFCA is proud to recognize these student-athletes for the good things they do in their communities.”

Criteria: Nominations were submitted to the AFCA by the college sports information departments. Nominees have to be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization, service group or involved in other community service activities.

Candidates have to display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Athletic ability is not a criteria.

Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A):

Name  Cl. Pos.  School Hometown (High School)
Jason Cook
Jr. FB Mississippi Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
Alex Derenthal Jr.
C Temple Davie, Fla. (Western)
Casey Flair Jr. WR UNLV Anchorage, Alaska (East)
Nic Harris Jr. DB Oklahoma Alexandria, La. (Alexandria)
George Hypolite Jr. DT Colorado Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)
Kelin Johnson Sr. SS Georgia Daytona Beach, Fla. (Mainland)
Adam Kadela
Sr. LB Northwestern Dublin, Ohio (Coffman)
Red Keith Sr. LB Central Michigan Franklin, Ga. (Heard County)
Tom Schneider Sr. PK California Walnut Creek, Calif. (Las Lomas)
Paul Smith Sr. QB Tulsa Owasso, Okla. (Owasso)
Tom Zbikowski Sr. S Notre Dame Arlington Heights, Ill. (Buffalo Grove)

Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III, and NAIA:

Name Cl. Pos. School Hometown (High School)
Luke Drone Sr. QB Illinois St. Mt. Carmel, Ill. (Mt. Carmel)
Tyler Fischer Sr. LB Southwest Minnesota St. Gettysburg, S.D. (Gettysburg)
Alan Guy Sr. LB Wayne St. (Mich.)
Rochester Hills, Mich. (Adams)
Quinton Hankins Jr. C Murray St. (Ky.) Batesville, Miss. (South Panola)
Mike Harriett Sr. S Chicago St. Charles, Ill. (North)
Lex Hilliard Sr. HB Montana Kalispell, Mont. (Flathead)
James Russell Sr. OT Gettysburg (Pa.) Amityville, N.Y. (Memorial)
Patrick Sommerstad Sr. LB St. Thomas (Minn.) Apple Valley, Minn. (Eastview)
Steve Walker
Sr. QB North Dakota St. Lockport, Ill. (Township)
Matt Watkins Jr. DB Valparaiso (Ind.) Mason, Ohio (Mason)
Anthony Williams Sr. CB Southern Illinois
Clewiston, Fla. (Clewiston)

Player Bios for Division I-A Good Works Team®

Jason Cook, FB, Junior, Mississippi: Vital part of the “Reading with the Rebels” program at local city, county and private schools ... Participates in the Oxford Pantry Food Drive ... Helped collect toys for “Toys for Tots,” which was sponsored by the Marine ROTC at Mississippi ... Coordinates the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program for Ole Miss student-athletes ... Visits local senior citizens at extended care centers in Oxford and visits patients at North Mississippi Regional Center.

Alex Derenthal, C, Junior, Temple: Helped execute a Partnership School Field Day that involved 400 kids in games, activities and health awareness programs ... Active member of Owl Outreach, which is a community service program at Temple to raise awareness in young people throughout Philadelphia on aspects of leadership, positive character development and high ethical standards ... Volunteered at Philadelphia Triathlon, which benefited the Children’s Cancer Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Casey Flair, WR, Junior, UNLV: Founded, promotes and oversees his own week-long, non-profit football camp for kids age 6-14 in his hometown of Anchorage ... Volunteers each year for Santa Clothes, which sees underprivileged youth invited to UNLV for a day of sports and mentoring before they go on a donated shopping spree for much-needed clothing ... Part-time employee at Cambridge Recreation Center, acting as a tutor and sports coach for at-risk youth ... Spoken at nearly two dozen schools in Alaska and Nevada.

Nic Harris, DB, Junior, Oklahoma: Served as president and is an active member of BridgeBuilders, an African-American Student-Athlete network group at Oklahoma ... Led BridgeBuilders as it continues relationships with Madison Elementary School and Brookhaven Nursing Center ... BridgeBuilders joined forces with Norman’s Food for Friends Community Action Agency by serving lunch to less fortunate in the community ... Raised money to provide Thanksgiving dinners to 10 families in Norman area.

George Hypolite, DT, Junior, Colorado: Volunteered at the Boulder homeless shelter and participated in a food drive and an Angel Tree project to provide gifts to children and senior citizens in need during the holiday season ... In his hometown of Los Angeles, participates in Project Angel Food in which he helped prepare food for homebound AIDS and cancer patients ... Volunteers in Read with the Buffs, a program in which he reads designated books to elementary students and coordinates a Q&A session with the students afterward.

Kelin Johnson, SS, Senior, Georgia: Volunteered for field day event sponsored by HERO for Children, which is a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life of children infected with HIV/AIDS ... Assisted with Camp Well Springs, a camp for children with disabilities ... Assisted with a home building project in Athens with Habitat for Humanity ... Active member in the Boys and Girls Club mentor program ... Speaks an numerous elementary, junior and high schools around Athens area about the importance of education.

Adam Kadela, LB, Senior, Northwestern: Regular volunteer for the American Cancer Society Generation Fit Program, discussing benefits of a healthy lifestyle with elementary school children ... Organized a football relay team for the NU Relay for Life ... Annually visits Children’s Memorial Hospital and Lutheran General Hospital ... Participates in an annual fundraising event for Misericordia, a residential home for developmentally and physically disabled individuals ... Participates in events at many local elementary schools.

Red Keith, LB, Senior, Central Michigan: Annual participant in local canned food drive that has served as the second-largest yearly contribution to the Isabella County chapter of the American Red Cross ... Volunteered to help conduct events and hand out awards at the State of Michigan Special Olympics Summer Games ... Visits patients at nursing homes near his hometown of Franklin, Ga. ... Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and helps coordinate community service activities for CMU student-athletes.

Tom Schneider, PK, Senior, California: Ran in a Relay for Life marathon to raise money for cancer awareness, prevention and research ... Participated in a city works project helping clean up parts of Berkeley ... Involved in Read Across America project at Buena Vista Elementary school for four years ... Volunteers time for Surf Riders Foundation, helping raise money to help clean up California’s public beaches ... Volunteered at Berkeley Free Clinic, helping with fundraising and awareness ... Visits children at John Muir Hospital.

Paul Smith, QB, Senior, Tulsa: Volunteered for the past three years at FCA Tulsa Inner-City camp ... Makes visits to local hospital’s children’s ward and many local elementary schools ... Leads Praise and Worship at every FCA meeting at Tulsa for the past four years ... Has spoke at Tulsa Union H.S. football banquet, Owasso First Assembly of God Church, Southern Hills Baptist Church, Tulsa Memorial H.S. Fifth Quarter meeting, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, Woodland Acres Baptist Church, and many others.

Tom Zbikowski, S, Senior, Notre Dame: Organized a charity boxing event in South Bend in March of 2007 and donated $50,000 to various charities, including Hannah & Friends, a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing a better quality life for children and adults with special needs, Hospice of Health First of Melbourne, Fla., Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Indiana, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, South Bend Center for the Homeless, and PanCAN, a pancreatic cancer research foundation.

 

Player Bios for FCS, Divisions II, III and NAIA Good Works Team®

Luke Drone, QB, Senior, Illinois State: Promoted and participated in American Red Cross Blood Drive for the past three years ... Helped collect 1,721 pounds of canned goods and non-perishable food items for Harvest of Hope Food Drive ... Helped raise $200,000 in the Bloomington-Normal community for victims of Hurricane Katrina ... Helped build a couple of houses in Juarez, Mexico ... Active with the Boys and Girls Club ... Spent a week working camp and cleaning up community members’ yards at Dilkon Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona.

Tyler Fischer, LB, Senior, Southwest Minnesota State: YMCA Youth Day volunteer ... Helped with yard work and clean-up for elderly and disabled in Marshall community ... Participant in Mustang Readers, reading books to elementary school kids ... President of the SMSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... Officer of the Ag Club and member of the College Republicans ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... Volunteered to help new students move in at SMSU.

Alan Guy, LB, Senior, Wayne State (Mich.): Participated in the Wayne State Walk for Women’s Health and Expo the past three years ... Helped clean streets and neighborhoods in Detroit for two years ... Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity ... Has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since 2004 ... Helped serve meals at St. Leo’s and St. Aloysius soup kitchens around Detroit ... Volunteer during Super Bowl XL in Detroit ... Member of the leadership committee for the football team.

Quinton Hawkins, C, Junior, Murray State: Participated in fundraisers for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital ... Dressed as Santa Claus and delivered books and toys to children at campus head start center ... Spoke to a group of troubled teens at a local community center about the importance of getting an education and staying out of gangs ... Helped paint a play ground at an apartment complex ... Participated in a canned food drive for the Murray State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Mike Harriett, S, Senior, Chicago: Helped coordinate volunteers for floor hockey, snowshoeing and basketball tournaments for the Special Olympics Spring Games ... Served as a tutor through the Friends of Washington Park program, tutoring third and fourth-grade students ... Also tutored students at two area elementary schools in math and reading ... Initiated and completed several house improvement projects.

Lex Hilliard, HB, Senior, Montana: Visited many middle schools in Missoula, Whitefish and his hometown of Kalispell, and talked to students about the importance of education in relation to athletics ... Volunteer with the Missoula County Police Department ... Worked the Little Grizzly football camp for the past two years ... Volunteer for youth groups at “Day with the Grizz,” where athletes from Montana play games and talk to kids at Montana’s football stadium.

James Russell, OT, Senior, Gettysburg: Member of the executive board for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital “Up ‘Til Dawn Fundraiser,” helping raise over $120,000 ... Was a participant and helped recruit members to secure donations and raise awareness for cancer patients, survivors and victims in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life ... Helped organize golf tournament, secure donations, and attracted players and sponsors to raise money and awareness for the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Society.

Patrick Sommerstad, LB, Senior, St. Thomas (Minn.): As a member of the Knights of Columbus, helped with a Coat and Canned Food drive, a Mississippi River clean-up, worked food shelves at a local shelter, raised money for St. Mark’s Church and worked a pancake breakfast ... Tutors kids at a local elementary school ... Participated in a Hoop-A-Thon for Huntington’s Disease Society of America for four years ... Volunteered at St. John Neumann Nursery, as well as being a youth mentor.

Steve Walker, QB, Senior, North Dakota State: Visits children battling cancer at Merit Care Hospital in Fargo ... Read to students at Fargo Elementary School during “Red Ribbon Week,” and spoke to them about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking ... Involved in sandbagging for the Fargo-Moorhead community during the 2006 spring flood season ... Helps clean up trash inside and around the Bison Sports Arena ... Helped find donors for the Valentine Victory Blood Drive ... Participates in a Halloween party for area kids. 

Matt Watkins, DB, Junior, Valparaiso: Participated in “Read for Fun Day” at Central Elementary School and read books and helped with arts and crafts with the students ... Helped raise money and walked in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life ... Participated in the annual Theta Chi “Couch,” by sitting on a couch for a week to raise money and gather clothes for the Spring Valley Homeless shelter ... Helped raise money and awareness for diabetes by participating in the Merrillville Diabetes Walk.

Anthony Williams, CB, Senior, Southern Illinois: Read books and performed activities with kids in the SIU Head Start program ... Volunteered at Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale by helping with special events and organizing a “Lock In” for 200 Carbondale high school kids ... Helps children with homework assignments and studying for tests at Evergreen Terrace After-School program ... Helps pick up trash and clean areas around Carbondale ... Collected monetary donations with teammates for local Carbondale homeless shelter.

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