INDIANAPOLIS , Ind. – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company today announced that University of Tennessee at Martin senior guard Heather Butler is amongst the list of 52 Division I nominees for the 2014 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®. 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.
In its second year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® honor 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.
On the court is where Butler has made a name for herself nationally. In just over three seasons, Butler has moved into sixth on the Ohio Valley Conference all-time scoring list with 2,289 career points while become UT Martin’s first 2,000 point scorer, among numerous other program records. Butler owns a pair of NCAA three-point records in addition to her torrid scoring pace, tallying 80 consecutive games with a made three-point field goal along with a single season record, 34 consecutive games streak. She currently ranks third in the OVC and 23rd in the nation with 22.3 points per game.
Along with Butler’s incredible work on the court, she is a member of the College of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences Student Ambassadors organization, the UT Martin Athletics Board and the UT Martin SHAPE Club. A Medina, Tenn. native, Butler is also active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Martin Elementary School Reading Program and the Can Caravan Food Drive. Additionally she was chosen to be a DARE program graduation speaker in 2012 and 2013, speaking about making the right decisions to youth.
“Allstate is proud to recognize these two outstanding groups of men and women whose commitment to service and volunteerism demonstrate that ‘good works’ extend beyond the basketball court,” said Pam Hollander, senior director of marketing for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2014 WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panels. “Each of the nominees serves as a role model and inspiration to future generations seeking ways to give back, and another reason to celebrate the good happening in our communities.”
While jump shots and rebounds earn recognition on the hardwood, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® help 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 final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.
“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 by their respective head coaches 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. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.
In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2014 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball players Greg Anthony (UNLV), Mateen Cleaves (Michigan State) and Alana Beard (Duke); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech) and Nell Fortner (Auburn); current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State); and media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS), Dana O’Neil (ESPN), Carolyn Peck (ESPN) and LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX).
Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, WBCA and NABC, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team® to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.
More information about the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® and the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® is available at www.wbca.org and www.nabc.org.