Miller Joins Clean Up Efforts in New Orleans

Miller in New Orleans neighborhood clean up as part of the AFCA Good Works team.
Miller in New Orleans neighborhood clean up as part of the AFCA Good Works team.

Jan. 5, 2009

Illinois senior linebacker Brit Miller was named to the 2008 Allstate/AFCA Good Works Teams® earlier in the season. As part of that team, Miller was honored in New Orleans at the 2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl. During the trip, the members of the team took park in a clean up in Oak Park, a neighborhood in New Orleans.

The Good Works team is composed of 22 college football players whose involvement with charitable organizations and community service contributions stand out among the more than 50,000 student-athletes participating in the sport at all four-year collegiate institutions.

The two 11-member teams - one composed of players competing in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and a combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and the NAIA - honor players that embody the true spirit of "teamwork" and "giving back" through selfless contributions and commendable acts of kindness.

Miller was selected because of his numerous contributions to the Central Illinois community. Miller usually averages at least two hours a week volunteering in the Central Illinois community. It would be very difficult to list every service hour or activity that Brit Miller has involved himself in over the last four years, while a football player at the University of Illinois, but here is an attempt. Miller is a regular volunteer at the Danville Medical Center spending much of his time with hospitalized veterans. He speaks at elementary and middle schools in Decatur, participating in reading days, school assemblies, providing motivational speeches on extra-curricular activities and the importance of education.

Miller was the 2008 organizer for the football team's annual supply drive for a local children's home and on-site school. He joined in the 2008 M.S. Walk to support fellow teammate Ryan McDonald, whose mother suffers from multiple sclerosis. He coached a charity dodgeball tournament for the Decatur Children's Museum. As part of the Illinois' hometown heroes program he has participated in Illinois' Freshman Student-Athlete Shoe Drive, the Kiwanis Challenger Baseball League visit to Football, judged a Cub Scout Cake Decorating Contest, took part in the Dr. Seuss Read Across America for Mahomet Elementary Schools and organized football team sponsoring a child at the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Angel Tree Party.