July 20, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior quarterback Christian Ponder has been selected as one of 112 student-athletes eligible for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which is widely recognized as the most prestigious community service award in college football.
The Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association unveiled its largest nomination class in the 19-year history of the award Tuesday. The group represents the “best of the best” among more than 50,000 student-athletes competing at four-year institutions when it comes to volunteerism and giving back to the community.
“We applaud the commitment of these 112 student-athletes to positively impact their communities with innovation, creativity and passion that reflects so well on their sport and their respective institutions,” said Guy Hill, vice president of sales and service for Allstate.
Ponder, who has already earned an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA, has given graciously of his time to a wide range of community service projects throughout his Florida State career. The list of organizations and events he has served includes: The Children’s Home Society, Tobacco Free Florida, United Way Day of Action, Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services, Haiti Earthquake Relief, Children’s Miracle Network, Mayor’s Reading Initiative, Stomp Out Type 2 Diabetes, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Tallahassee Boy’s Town, Tallahassee Miracle League and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Christian Ponder proved to be a leader on and off the field from his very first days in Tallahassee,” said John Lata, Florida State Director of Student Services. “ He is as at home in front of an elementary school class as he is behind center. Despite being in high demand as a very recognizable student-athlete, he has never turned down a request to speak to a class or group, and is a very motivational young man.”
Ponder will be considered for selection on the 11-player Good Works Team comprised of student-athletes from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools, which will be announced in September. The team will be chosen by a select voting panel comprised of former Good Works team members and prominent college football media members, including third-year spokesperson and ESPN broadcaster Lou Holtz.
“From the record total of nominees that were submitted from colleges and universities around the country, it is apparent that collegiate football is producing some of the best and brightest that our country has to offer,” said AFCA Executive Director, Grant Teaff.
ESPN.com will launch a customized Allstate AFCA Good Works Team website featuring profiles of the final 22 award recipients, as well as unique and interactive content for college football fans. For the first time in the program’s history, fans will be able to vote for a team captain on the website.