July 24, 2009
FAIRFIELD, CT (July 24, 2009) - Sacred Heart junior Mark Uyeno (Setauket, NY) of the football team has been nominated for the 2009 Allstate / AFCA Good Works Team® for his community service work. For a second consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) to announce the list of a record 106 student-athletes nominated, which honors college football players who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement.
Uyeno's resume offers several examples of the positive impact he has had on his community. For example, he's a member of the non-profit Sun Shine Kids Organization - children whose parents have been affected by a life threatening disease come to campus each week to do homework, hang out with a college student and eat dinner. Uyeno has played a tremendous role in helping one 10-year-old develop confidence and come out of his shell. At the 2009 Sacred Heart All-Sports and Senior Banquet, Uyeno received the Coca-Cola Community All-American Award.
The total of 106 nominations submitted by sports information directors across the country on behalf of their teams surpasses all previous single-season nominee totals in the 18-year history of the award. The 2009 class of nominees represents 41 states, including Washington, D.C., and 45 college athletic conferences.
From these nominees, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team® members and prominent college football media members will be responsible for selecting two 11-player Good Works Teams - one composed of players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, and a combined team representing players from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Divisions II, III, and the NAIA. College Football Hall of Fame member and ESPN broadcast personality Lou Holtz will return as program spokesperson and serve as a member of this year's voting panel.
The 2009 Allstate/AFCA Good Works Teams® voting panel includes: Allstate vice president, Guy Hill; former Good Works Teams® members Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia, 1997, 1998 teams), Mike Proman (Amherst, 2002 team), Mewelde Moore (Tulane, 2003 team), Brian Brenberg (St. Thomas, 2001 team), Zaid Abdul-Aleem (Duke, 1994 team); media members Kirk Herbstreit (ESPN), Dennis Dodd (CBSSports.com), Tony Barnhart (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Kelly Whiteside (USA Today), Ivan Maisel (ESPN.com), Lou Holtz (ESPN); current AFCA president and San Jose State University head coach Dick Tomey; and 1996 AFCA president Fisher DeBerry, former head coach at the United States Air Force Academy.