by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
INDIANAPOLIS – The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company have announced their nominees for the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®. The award recognizes a select group of college basketball student-athletes who have made significant contributions to the greater good of their communities through volunteerism and civic service. The final roster of award recipients will be unveiled in February 2014, and will consist of two 10-member teams with half the roster coming from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA nominees.
Georgia College junior guard Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) was named as one of 14 NCAA Division II and 84 overall WBCA nominees for the women's team. She is one of 32 nominees representing NCAA Division II, III and NAIA and is the only Peach Belt Conference (PBC) women's basketball player in the group. Keys is currently ranked in the top-five in three team categories in helping the Bobcats to a 5-0 start. She is third in both points-per-game (11.8) and rebounds-per-game (4.2), while fourth in assists-per-game (2.0).
In its second year, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® honors players at all levels of college basketball who represent the sport's finest in the areas of leadership and charitable achievements amongst their peers. The student-athletes nominated for this prestigious award embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back. While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® helps tell the stories of good taking place off the court that often go unnoticed. It is those players who demonstrate the exceptional ability to balance academics with athletics while donating their limited free time to serving others who have been nominated by their respective colleges and universities for this prestigious honor. The 2014 nominees uphold impressive service resumes detailing unique and inspiring stories of servitude. From volunteering with sick and underprivileged children to lobbying state legislature for new laws that could help save lives, this exceptional group of young men and women demonstrate the positive impact student-athletes can have on and off the court.
From the 84 WBCA nominees submitted by coaches and sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, special voting panels will select two 10-member teams comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA® Division I level and five student-athletes from NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA. WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will headline the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® voting panel.
"The WBCA is honored to partner with Allstate in selecting the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® for the second year," said Beth Bass chief executive officer of the WBCA. "Each of the 84 young women who have been nominated for this prestigious honor have set examples that we all should follow. The selection committee will have a difficult time in selecting the 10-member team from this outstanding group of nominees."
Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2014 WBCA Convention and 2014 NCAA® Women's Final Four® in Nashville, where they will participate in a community project in the city. More information about the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.wbca.org.