Allstate and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) select 22 student-athletes and one honorary coach for the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Narrowed from a list of 137 nominees by an esteemed panel of judges, including Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN) and Tim Tebow (Florida, 2009 team), these players stood out for their leadership in local communities and overall commitment to giving back. Sanders is the first Air Force player of earn the honor.
“Because being a student-athlete is about more than their performance on the field, we’re honored to share the stories of these deserving young men who embody the ‘good’ in college athletics,” said John O’Donnell, president of Allstate’s Western Territory. “At Allstate, we are inspired by their positive impact and we unite in this passion to serve local communities.”
The team acts of service range from the founding of an organization that serves the homeless, to raising research funds for the rare disease community. Nearly all are involved in local youth mentorship initiatives, and the team has collectively volunteered thousands of hours to better the lives of those in their communities.
“I’ve had the privilege of not only being a member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, but also witnessing firsthand how these young men are able to inspire and ultimately change the lives of those around them,” said Tim Tebow, two-time national champion and former Allstate AFCA Good Works Team member. “Each year, I’m impressed by the way that Allstate and the AFCA share the important stories of these players’ ‘good works,’ and I’m honored to be part of such a special program that has become a source of inspiration in the college football community.”
The following players and honorary head coach are named to the 2019 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team:
Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)
Koby Quansah- Duke University
Denzel Goolsby- Kansas State University
James Smith-Williams- NC State University
Connor Wedington- Stanford University
Isaiah Sanders- U.S. Air Force Academy
Marcel Dancy- University of California
Jake Fromm- University of Georgia
Bryce Torneden- University of Kansas
Landon Young- University of Kentucky
Tre Tipton- University of Pittsburgh
Spencer Eason-Riddle- University of South Carolina
Honorary Head Coach
Dabo Swinney- Clemson University
More on Isaiah Sanders:
Sanders has been active in the football team as a motivational leaders while starting games each of the last two seasons. He serves as the team’s community service representative, and has helped coordinate and participate in a service event where team members fix up a playground for a local childcare organization. He has also served as the cadet-in-charge of our Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) group, which has reached up to approximately 50-60 cadets in attendance and meets weekly, by helping plan events and run weekly meetings.
Sanders is also the vice president of Undivided, a non-profit that focuses on strengthening communities and on helping community members create positive change in their spheres of influence. He has gone out in the community, whether at local high schools’ FCA events, retreats, or the Academy’s SPIRE groups, and performed personal spoken word pieces and/or presented biblically-related messages for an estimated 1,000-plus people within the past two years. He was also the keynote/featured speaker at a retreat for high schoolers looking to go deeper in their faith.