North Carolina offensive lineman Landon Turner has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The award honors college football players whose do an exemplary job in serving their communities.
Turner is a rising junior offensive guard from Harrisonburg, Virginia. Last season, he started all thirteen games at right guard for the Tar Heels. Turner was selected as a nominee for his community service accomplishments, which include visiting UNC Hospitals, serving meals at the Shreveport/Bossier City Rescue Mission and speaking at local schools on the importance of education.
More about the award, frrom the press release:
“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.”
While heroes emerge on the gridiron each Saturday, this year’s nominees’ heroics extend beyond touchdowns and tackles. From establishing an epilepsy awareness campaign that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 families to founding a book club program to provide at-risk youth with safe and structured after-school activities, the impressive service resumes of these remarkable student-athletes has earned them recognition on a national level.
“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®.”
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.®
182 student athletes were selected as nominees, and a final roster of 22 recipients will be selected in September. Other nominees from local schools include Laken Tomlinson of Duke University, Alexander Dawson of Elon University and Matt Johnson of UNC-Charlotte, among others.
Congratulations to Landon Turner for receiving this nomination and representing North Carolina in this positive way!