TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Trent Forrest, one of the top community service ambassadors among the nearly 600 current Florida State student-athletes, has been recognized as a nominee for the 2019 Give Back Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The honorary team recognizes college basketball players for their outstanding community service efforts. Forrest is one of only three players from the ACC named as a nominee for the Give Back Team.
“Giving back to the community is an aspect of our team concept at Florida State that I really enjoy participating in,” said Forrest. “Coach Hamilton and his entire coaching staff has made community service and giving back to those who give to us as fans and supporters an important part of our program. I was raised by my parents to be a person who appreciates and gives back to the people who support me in my life. It’s a great gift to give of yourself to others and that’s an important part of my life.”
Forrest, who has been a member of three NCAA Tournament teams during the first three years of his career as a Seminole, was named to the Academic Dean’s List for the second time in his career after leading the Seminoles to the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. For his efforts in leading his team to the Sweet 16, he was named to the NCAA West Regional All-Tournament team. Forrest has been named to the ACC Academic Men’s Basketball team three times (2017, 2018 and 2019) and is expected to be named to the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll for the third time this year.
Forrest was a member of the 2017-18 Student Athlete Advisory Council at Florida State and was honored with the Mr. Inspirational Award by the Florida State LYFE (Leaders Yearning For Excellence) Program in 2018. He earned the 2019 Golden Nole for men’s basketball presented for significant contributions on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
Forrest is a leader among the many Florida State student-athletes in terms of donating his time to community service. Among the projects he is most passionate about is helping those affected by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle of the state of Florida near where he grew up in Chipley, Fla. Forrest and his teammates traveled to Blountstown in October to provide much-needed food and supplies to residents in one of the areas in the state most affected by the category 5 hurricane.
Forrest has also donated his time to Second Harvest of the Big Bend, in the children’s wing of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, the Kickin’ it for Autism clinic sponsored by the National Champion Florida State Women’s Soccer Team and to numerous elementary and secondary schools in Tallahassee.
Forrest averaged a career-high 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in leading the Seminoles to a 29-8 record, to the ACC Tournament Championship for the third time in school history and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2019. The Seminoles’ 29 wins rank as the program record for a single season. Forrest is among the top returning players in the nation and is Florida State’s top returning leading scorer for the 2019-20 season.
“These men’s college basketball student-athletes have made significant contributions to assist those in need while helping lift the human spirit,” said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney.
Florida State opens its 2019-20 season with an ACC game at Pittsburgh on November 6, 2019 – the first time in school history the Seminoles will play an ACC opponent in their season-opener.