July 15, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
NORTHBROOK, Ill. - Fresno State senior inside linebacker Karl Mickelsen has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works team, the American Football Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
Mickelsen, a senior majoring in criminology-law enforcement, is up for the award that recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport.
Since its establishment in 1992, the award has existed to pay tribute to the "good" in college football that extends beyond the wins and the losses. While balancing academics and athletics, this select group of student-athletes nominated by their respective colleges and universities has committed their limited free time to having a lasting impact on their communities.
"Year after year, the `good works' associated with this impressive group of student-athletes continue to inspire and raise the bar for future nominees," said Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory and a member of the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel. "Allstate is proud to be a part of an award that recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities where we live, work and cheer on game day."
Mickelsen, who was an honorable mentioin All-Mountain West selection last year for the Bulldogs after leading the team with 97 tackles, is heavily involved in giving back to the community. He often frequents local schools to talk to children on the importance of education, hard work and exercise. He also participates in Fresno State's Big Heroes, Little Heroes program with Childrens Hospital Central California and is a member of Fresno State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
In each of the past two years, Fresno State has won the Mountain West SAAC Community Service Award for the most community service hours served by a school in the conference. As a committee member, Mickelsen is responsible for helping coordinate community service efforts with Fresno State student-athletes.
Comprised of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III and the NAIA, the final roster of 22 award recipients will be unveiled in September. From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will select the 2014 Good Works Team.®
"It's great to see all the `good works' these student-athletes are doing at their universities and in their communities," Grant Teaff, AFCA executive director said. "The AFCA is proud to work with Allstate in highlighting the record number of nominees sent in for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®."
The 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® voting panel includes: former Good Works Team® members Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team); media members Lou Holtz (ESPN), Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Bruce Feldman (Fox Sports), Blair Kerkhoff (Kansas City Star); current AFCA President and Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch; 1987 AFCA President and former head coach at Brigham Young University LaVell Edwards; and Jim Haskins, president of Allstate's West Territory.
Once the final team members are announced in September, fans are encouraged to visit the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® website on ESPN.com, featuring profiles and images of the players, for the opportunity to vote for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Captain.
In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved and committed to working with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.
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