Illinois' Brit Miller Named To The 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Oct. 1, 2008
More than a month into the 2008 college football season, the off-the-field achievements of a select group of dedicated and hard-working players have distinguished them from among the more than 50,000 student-athletes competing in the sport. To honor these players and bring awareness to their selfless deeds, Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) have announced the 22 student-athletes chosen for the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®. University of Illinois senior linebacker Brit Miller is among the 22 selected for his efforts in giving back to the Champaign and Decatur communities.
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.
The 22 college football players awarded this prestigious honor were selected by a special selection committee from the 71 nominations submitted by sports information directors on behalf of their teams. 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 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.
This is the 17th consecutive season the Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams® have been selected, and the first that Allstate has partnered with the AFCA to present the awards. Newly elected member of the College Football Hall of Fame and former Notre Dame head football coach Lou Holtz will serve as the spokesperson for the 2008 Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams®
"Allstate is proud to partner with the AFCA to highlight the extraordinary efforts of these student athletes," said Lisa Cochrane, vice president of marketing for Allstate. "Giving back to our communities is a value Allstate holds dear, and having the opportunity to recognize these young men for the service they've provided off the field is an honor for us."
During a time when off-the-field transgressions seem to dominate the news headlines, these players have quietly made a favorable impression on the organizations and people with which they are involved. From donating bone marrow to rescuing children from an overturned bus, the positive impact that these players have made and continue to make on their communities can be measured by more than just touchdowns, tackles, and receptions.
"These 22 student-athletes represent thousands of college football players who make a difference in their communities through volunteer service on campus and in their hometowns," said AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff. "We're proud to join Allstate in recognizing these young people who are dedicated to improving the world in which we live."
Allstate has assembled a high-profile voting panel made up of previous Good Works Team® members, including former University of Mississippi running back Deuce McAllister and former University of Georgia lineman Matt Stinchcomb, as well as prominent college football media personalities, including ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd, to elect this year's teams. Also a part of the selection committee are current AFCA president and University of Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham, 1996 AFCA president and former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy Fisher DeBerry, and Allstate senior vice president Steve Sorenson.
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. Candidates must also display sincere concern and reliability, while also having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they are involved. Neither athletic ability nor on-the-field achievements are among the selection criteria.
For more information about the All State AFCA Good Works Team, including the complete list of honorees, check the AFCA website.