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Obach nominated for Allstate WBCA Good Works TeamsĀ®

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TYLER – UT Tyler senior Michelle Obach has been nominated for the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®.

A senior from Tyler, Obach is in her third season with the Patriots and enters this week with 969 points in her career. A returning WBCA All-America, she is leading the Patriots with 15.2 points per game this season and ranks fourth in program history with 246 assists and 155 steals in her career. With 31 more points, Obach will become the seventh player in UT Tyler history to surpass 1,000 career points.

“Athletes are examples to a lot of people," Obach said. "We may not realize that early in our careers, but we are looked at by younger kids and the community as role models. You get special treatment as an athlete and we have a responsibility to help people whenever we can. It’s a really important part of what we do. We don’t have a lot of extra time with school and basketball, but our team tries to help out as much as we can.”

This esteemed award honors an outstanding group of student-athletes who represent the sport’s finest in the areas of community service and leadership among their peers.

The Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® recognizes players at all levels of college basketball whose charitable involvement and altruistic acts stand out amongst all other student-athletes participating in the sport. From leading an initiative to help end the water crisis in Flint, Mich., to co-founding a non-profit with the mission to improve literacy rates across the country, the players nominated embody the true spirit of teamwork and giving back.

“The positive impact that student-athletes are making on college campuses and communities around the world can sometimes go unnoticed,” said Thomas Clarkson, president of the west territory for Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the 2017 WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panels. “Allstate is a proud supporter of NCAA® college basketball and takes immense pride in working with the NABC and WBCA to recognize players who continue to make giving back a priority and inspire future generations of athletes.”

Athletic departments and sports information directors across the country nominated the 97 WBCA and 181 NABC student-athletes for the prestigious honor. Two special voting panels, headlined by former Duke University basketball athlete, two-time NCAA® champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, and former Notre Dame basketball star, two-time Nancy Lieberman Award winner and current WNBA player Skylar Diggins, will select 10-member teams from both the WBCA and NABC, comprised of five student-athletes from the NCAA Division I level and five student-athletes from Divisions II, III and the NAIA. The final roster of 20 award recipients will be unveiled in February.

“It is a joy each year to partner with Allstate in recognizing the many college women’s and men’s basketball players who are performing good works in their respective communities,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew. “This year’s WBCA group of 97 nominees is no exception. They are truly the heroes of our sport and deserve our gratitude. Congratulations to them all.”

Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® will be recognized during the 2017 WBCA Convention and at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Final Four® in Dallas, and will also participate in a volunteer project in the local community. Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2017 NABC Convention and 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four® in Phoenix, where they will participate in a community service project benefitting the city. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the WBCA, NABC and NCAA.

“The growth of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team program in five years has been remarkable with a record-setting number again for 2017,” said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. “We are very grateful to Allstate for shining a bright light on these men and women in college basketball whose compassion and commitment continue to help so many.”

In addition to Clarkson, Hill and Diggins, the 2017 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Clark Kellogg (Ohio State University / CBS Sports), Len Elmore (University of Maryland / CBS Sports / ESPN) and Alana Beard (Duke University); media members Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated / CBS), Dana O’Neil (ESPN), LaChina Robinson (ESPN / FOX) and Brenda VanLengen (ESPN / FOX Sports); former head coaches Bobby Cremins (Georgia Tech / College of Charleston), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech University), Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech University) and Nell Fortner (Auburn University); and current coach Coquese Washington (Penn State University).

Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as a sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which recognizes the off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities.

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.

The following student-athletes have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2017 Allstate WBCA Good Works Team®:

NCAA Division I

Abilene Christian University - Sydney Shelstead

Arizona State University - Sophie Brunner

Baylor University - Nina Davis

Belmont University - Sally McCabe

Bucknell University - Sune Swart

Central Michigan University - Jewel Cotton

Chicago State University - Kaylee Allen

Clemson University - Ivy Atkism

College of William & Mary - Alexandra Masaquel

Cornell University - Nicholle Aston

Drake University - Lizzy Wendell

East Carolina University - Gabrielle Holston

Eastern Illinois University - Jalisha Smith

Fairfield University - Kristine Miller

Florida State University - Ivey Slaughter

Gonzaga University - Emma Wolfram

High Point University - Kaylah Keys

Hofstra University - Sydni Epps

Indiana University - Amanda Cahill

Iowa State University - Seanna Johnson

Kansas State University - Kindred Wesemann

Lafayette College - Anna Ptasinski

Lehigh University - Quinci Mann

Marist College - Casey Davidson

Marshall University - Logan Fraley

Mississippi State University - Blair Schaefer

New Mexico State University - Brandee Walton

North Carolina State University - Jennifer Mathurin

Penn State University - Peyton Whitted

Quinnipiac University - Aryn McClure

Rice University - Gabrielle Stanton

Saint Joseph's University - Amanda Fioravanti

Siena College - Kollyns Scarbrough

St. John's University - Sandra Udobi

Syracuse University - Brittney Sykes

Texas A&M University - Alyssa Michalke

Texas Christian University - Jada Butts

Troy University - Caitlyn Ramirez

University of California - Irvine - Mckenzie Piper

University of Delaware - Hannah Jardine

University of Denver - Jesse Spittel

University of Detroit Mercy - Chea Taylor

University of Florida - Brooke Copeland

University of Georgia - Mackenzie Engram

University of Illinois - Kennedy Cattenhead

University of Iowa - Ally Disterhoft

University of Kansas - Kylee Kopatich

University of Louisville - Arica Carter

University of Maine - Sigi Koizar

University of Miami - Khaila Prather

University of Mississippi - Shandricka Sessom

University of Missouri - Lianna Doty

University of Missouri-Kansas City - Justice Collins

University of Northern Iowa – Angie Davison

University of Oklahoma - Maddie Manning

University of South Dakota - Abigail Fogg

University of Texas - Ariel Atkins

University of Toledo - Michaela Rasmussen

University of Virginia - Breyana Mason

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Christina Wakeman

Utah Valley University - Britta Hall

Vanderbilt University - Minta Spears

West Virginia University - Lanay Montgomery

Western Michigan University - Meredith Shipman

NCAA Division II, III & NAIA

Ave Maria University - Katie Ringdahl

Bemidji State University - Allison Cordes

Carnegie Mellon University - Lisa Murphy

Carson-Newman University - Kaitlyn Cupples

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges - Kris Brackmann

Coe College - Mickey Hansche

College of Wooster - Katie Mandych

Colorado School of Mines - Elizabeth Tomon

Dominican University - Carly Holboke

Drew University - Courtney Trzasko

Georgia College & State University - Christina Thomas

Grand View University – Maddie Westergard

Kalamazoo College - Grace Smith

Lewis University - Jamie Johnson

Metropolitan State University of Denver - Raquel Torres

Middlebury College - Alex Huffman

Milwaukee School of Engineering - Holly Denfeld

Ohio Dominican University - Tori Beth Leader

Point Loma Nazarene University - Anna Viettry

Rockhurst University - Mary Dineen

Saint Cloud State University - Amanda Christianson

Saint Mary's University - Kiara Etheridge

St. Edward's University - Haley Joly

Thomas More College - Hannah Devine

Trinity University (TX) - Rachel Chavez

Union College - Krystal Edwards

Union University - Chelsea Bodiford

University of St. Thomas - Paige Gernes

University of Texas at Tyler - Michelle Obach

Wayne State College - Andrea Larson

Wayne State University - Shannon Wilson

Wesleyan College - Justice Thigpen

Wingate University - Shelby Tricoli

 

The following student-athletes have been nominated for consideration to be named to the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team®:

NCAA Division I

Air Force Academy - Zach Kocur

Auburn University - T.J. Dunans

Austin Peay State University - Zach Glotta

Ball State University - Trey Moses

Belmont University - Evan Bradds

Boise State University - Nick Duncan

Brigham Young University - Kyle Davis

California State University - Bakersfield - Brent Wrapp

Central Michigan University - Blake Hibbitts

Chicago State University - Trayvon Palmer

College of Charleston - Evan Bailey

College of the Holy Cross - Marcellis Perkins

College of William & Mary - Paul Rowley

Coppin State University - Keith Shivers

Creighton University - Cole Huff

Davidson College - Nathan Ekwu

DePaul University - Billy Garrett, Jr.

Duke University - Matt Jones

East Carolina University - Caleb White

East Tennessee State University - Albert (A.J.) Merriweather

Eastern Washington University - Felix Von Hofe

Elon University - Luke Eddy

Fairleigh Dickinson University - Tyrone O'Garro

Florida Gulf Coast University - Marc-Eddy Norelia

Florida State University - Dwayne Bacon, Jr.

Georgia Southern University - Shawn O'Connell

Georgia State University - Willie Clayton

Georgia Tech - Rand Rowland

Gonzaga University - Nigel Williams-Goss

Grand Canyon University - Joshua Braun

High Point University - Miles Bowman, Jr.

Hofstra University - Rokas Gustys

Idaho State University - Erik Nakken

Illinois State University - MiKyle McIntosh

Indiana State University - Brandon Murphy

Iowa State University - Monte Morris

Kansas State University - D.J. Johnson

La Salle University - Amar Stukes

Lehigh University - Devon Carter

Liberty University - John Dawson

Longwood University - Damarion Geter

Loyola Marymount University - Steven Haney Jr.

Marist College - Kentrall Brooks

Middle Tennessee State University - Edward Simpson

New Mexico State University - Tanveer Bhullar

North Dakota State University - Dexter Werner

Northwestern State University of Louisiana - Sabri Thompson

Northwestern University - Sanjay Lumpkin

Oakland University - Sherron Dorsey-Walker

Ohio State University - Keita Bates-Diop

Oklahoma State University - Phil Forte

Oregon State University - Stephen Thompson, Jr.

Penn State University - Payton Banks

Presbyterian College - Will Adams

Princeton University - Steven Cook

Purdue University - Isaac Haas

Quinnipiac University - Daniel Harris

Rice University - Chad Lott

Saint Mary's College - Calvin Hermanson

San Jose State University - Isaac Thornton

Seattle University - Emmanuel Chibuogwu

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Josh White

Southern Methodist University - Jonathan Wilfong

Stephen F. Austin State University - Dallas Cameron

Tennessee Tech - Mason Ramsey

Texas A&M University - Tavario Miller

Texas Christian University (TCU) - Brandon Parrish

Towson University - Eddie Keith II

U.S. Naval Academy - Grant Vermeer

University at Buffalo - Willie Conner

University of Alabama - Corban Collins

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Nick Norton

University of Arkansas - Moses Kingsley

University of Arkansas at Little Rock - Stetson Billings

University of California, Berkeley - Sam Singer

University of California, Davis - Darius Graham

University of Central Arkansas - Jordan Howard

University of Georgia - Yante Maten

University of Houston - Danrad Knowles

University of Incarnate Word - Jorden Kite

University of Iowa - Nicolas Baer

University of Kansas - Landen Lucas

University of Louisville - Mangok Mathiang

University of Massachusetts - C.J. Anderson

University of Miami - Davon Reed

University of Michigan - Zak Irvin

University of Missouri-Kansas City - Noah Knight

University of Montana - Brandon Gfeller

University of New Mexico - Tim Williams

University of North Carolina - Asheville - Kevin Vannatta

University of North Carolina - Greensboro - Jordy Kuiper

University of North Carolina - Wilmington - Chris Flemmings

University of North Dakota - Quinton Hooker

University of North Texas - Jeremy Combs

University of Pittsburgh - Cameron Johnson

University of Portland - Alec Wintering

University of South Carolina - Duane Notice

University of South Dakota - Austin Sparks

University of Tennessee - Kyle Alexander

University of Texas - Kendal Yancy

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley - Lew Stallworth

University of Tulsa - Eugene Artison

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Vitto Brown

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - Cody Wichmann

Utah State University - Julion Pearre

Utah Valley University - Andrew Bastien

Vanderbilt University - Luke Kornet

Wake Forest University - Antonio Keyshawn Woods

West Virginia University - Jevon Carter

Western Illinois University - Garret Covington

Western Kentucky University – Justin Johnson

 

NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA

Arizona Christian University - Anderson Sessions

Baker University - Taylor Johnson

Barton College - Nick Ellison

Bellevue University - Tyler Morgan

Bethel College (Ind.) - Clay Yeo

Bethel University (Minn.) - Brycen Wojta

Blackburn College - Jacob (Jake) Lochhead

California Baptist University - Jordan Heading

California Institute of Technology - Nasser Al-Rayes

Carroll College - Oliver Carr

Carson-Newman University - Sawyer Williams

Chapman University - Cam Haslam

Christopher Newport University - Kevin Regimbal

Coe College - Matt Meyer

Colorado College - Christopher Martin

Delta State University - John Cornish

Dixie State University - Josh Fuller

Dominican University of California - Joshua (Josh) Ramirez

Drew University - Chatham Studer

East Stroudsburg University - Rasheed Moore

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University AZ - Spencer Carroll

Fayetteville State University - Isaiah Vinson

Fitchburg State University - Jaleel Bell

Franklin & Marshall College - Lior Levy

Franklin College - Robbie Prather

Graceland University - Jeremy Deemer

Hamilton College - Joe Pucci

Hood College - Tanner Ruths

Indiana University East - Jacoby Claypool

Johnson C. Smith University - Robert Davis

Lake Superior State University - Michael Smutny

LeTourneau University - Sam Talbert

Loyola University New Orleans - Nate Pierre

Lyon College - Brock Widders

Macalester College - Jordan Black-Matthews

Maine Maritime Academy - Brendan Newcomb

Messiah College - Josh Clippinger

Mid-America Christian University - Malcolm Mann

Millsaps College - Brennan Gagen

Milwaukee School of Engineering - Collin Seubert

Minnesota State University Moorhead - Aaron Lien

Minot State University - Luis Felipe Ricci Maia

Montana State University-Northern - William Walker

North Greenville University - Bryce Allen

Oklahoma Wesleyan University - Jake Feickert

Palm Beach Atlantic University - Malek Barber

Paul Quinn College - Ashley Brooks

Pennsylvania College of Technology - Thomas Ross

Ripon College - Jordan Stiede

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology - Konor Kulas

Springfield College - Brandon Eckles

Sterling College - Jacob (Jake) Jaderston

SUNY Canton - Romario Fletcher

SUNY New Paltz - Malik Seelal

SUNY Oneonta - Mikey McElroy

Susquehanna University - Steven Weidlich

Texas A&M International University - Greg Sherman

Trinity College - Edward Ogundeko

Trinity University (Tex.) - Matt Jones

Truett McConnell University - Willie Stallworth

Union University - Felipe Rocha

University of Alaska Anchorage - Jackson McTier

University of Northwestern (Minn.) - Cody Sprenger

University of Pikeville - Dan Afeaki

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford - Evan Greening

University of West Florida - Josh Laatsch

Utica College - Dylan Drexler

Westminster College (PA) - Austin Armwood

Westmont College - Stefan Inouye

Wingate University - Keith Griffin

About the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association

Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of coaches to those organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.

About the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest “Phog” Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men’s basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today’s student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.

About AFCA

The AFCA was founded in 1922 and currently has more than 11,000 members around the world ranging from the high school level to the professional ranks. According to its constitution, the AFCA was formed, in part, to “maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the coaching profession” and to “provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football.”

About the NCAA

The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Allstate, Amazon Echo, Bing (Microsoft), Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” The Allstate brand’s network of small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities. Allstate employees and agency owners donated 230,000 hours of service across the country.

 

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