Some portions of the release courtesy of the AFCA and Allstate
NORTHBROOK, Ill. (Sept. 18, 2018) - Prior to the season, Colorado State University-Pueblo senior linebacker Quinn Vandekoppel (Castle Rock, Colo.) was honored as a nominee for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® for his commitment to community service while finding success on the gridiron.
Across America, many college football players receive praise for their superior performance on the field. However, only a select group of those student-athletes have the honor of being commended for their distinguished accomplishments off the field when Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) announce 169 nominees for the 2018 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®.
Last season, Vandekoppel earned a starting spot at inside linebacker and finished with 45 tackles (20 solo) to finish seventh on the team. More importantly, Vandekoppel maintained a 3.88 GPA in economics (finance) & business administration to find himself on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic Honor Roll and the All-Colorado Academic First Team.
During his collegiate career, Vandekoppel has been very active in the community of Pueblo, Castle Rock and Denver. He has participated in inner city outreach with Church of the Rock. He would travel to Church in the City with some of the members of the Church of the Rock to provide a hot meal to those in need. In addition to the hot meal, they provided bathroom supplies and prayer to those who were hungry, lost, and hurting in downtown Denver.
As a member of the CSU-Pueblo President's Leadership Program, Vandekoppel helped with the "Hero Workout Whalen" event at the ThunderBowl in November, which was in honor of the late Staff Sergeant Matthew Whalen, which consisted of a workout organized by local fitness coach Chris Carter.
Also during his career he has volunteered with the Walk to End Alzheimer's, with Special Olympics throughout Colorado (baseball, basketball, flag football and bowling), the United Way Golden Corral Breakfast and has read to local elementary schools.
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has been one of the most esteemed honors in college football for more than 25 years. The student-athletes who are nominated for this award not only demonstrate a unique dedication to community service and desire to make a positive impact on the lives around them, but they also show tremendous perseverance as well as the ability to overcome personal struggles and come out victorious against all odds.
"Each nominee has an inspiring story to tell – often times about how they have prevailed over hardships and adversity only to turn around and pour their hearts into helping others," said David Prendergast, president of the Eastern Territory at Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2018 voting panel. "It is our privilege at Allstate to come together with the AFCA for the 11th consecutive year to shine a light on these exceptional nominees who set the highest standards of community service and serve as role models for generations to come."
The college football players who have been nominated make it a priority to find time in their busy schedules to volunteer in meaningful ways. Of the nominees, many players dedicate time to reading, mentoring and playing sports with disadvantaged children when they are not in the classroom or on the field. Other players make frequent visits to hospitals to spend one-on-one time with ill patients. One student-athlete even went as far as donating bone marrow in order to save the life of a child in need.
About the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® was established in 1992 by the College Football Association, recognizing the extra efforts made by college football players and student support staff off the field. AFCA became the governing body of the award in 1997 and continues to honor college football players who go the extra mile for those in need. Allstate worked to present the award starting with the 2008 season.
The SEC leads all conferences with 71 selections to the Good Works Team since it began in 1992. The SEC is followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference with 37 selections and the Big 12 Conference with 30 selections. Georgia is in first place with 18 honorees to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. ® The Bulldogs are followed by Kentucky and Nebraska with 14 honorees. Super Bowl XLII, XLVI and XLI champion quarterbacks Eli and Peyton Manning were members of the 2002 and 1997 Good Works Teams®, respectively.
The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession" and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football."
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.