Sept. 15, 2006
Waco, Texas -
Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards has been named to the 2006 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team, as announced today by the AFCA. Edwards, the only member of the team to represent the Pac-10, is the first-ever Stanford player to receive the honor.
The two 11-man teams, a Division I-A team and a combined team from Divisions I-AA, II, III and the NAIA, honor players for their dedication and commitment to community service. From 1992-1996, the Good Works Team was selected by the College Football Association. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA began selecting the teams.
Criteria for selection included active involvement and commitment to working with a charitable organization, service group or other community service activity. Candidates were also chosen for their sincere concern and reliability, as well as having made a favorable impression on the organizations with which they were involved.
"It never ceases to amaze me to see the contributions student-athletes make to their communities," AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. "Often times, these young men are better known for the good things they do on the field. The AFCA is proud to recognize these student-athletes for the good things they do in their communities."
Player Bios for Division I-A Good Works Team
William Brown, OL, Junior, South Carolina: Volunteer for Children's Chance Dinner for two years ... Member of the Pigskin Poets at Richland County (S.C.) Public Library ... Participated in numerous Family Literacy Nights at Oak Grove (S.C.) Elementary ... Volunteered for the Salvation Army and Wesley Brown Day Children's Hospital ... Guest speaker at numerous churches and for DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation program ... Greeted and spoke to injured soldiers returning from Iraq at Fort Jackson (S.C.) ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Trent Edwards, QB, Senior, Stanford: Active volunteer in the YES reading program in Mountain View, Calif. ... Volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (Calif.) ... Assists with various youth clinics put on by the coaches and team ... Makes frequent appearances to elementary schools on behalf of the Stanford football team, and gives numerous speeches.
Jacob Gutierrez, RB, Junior, Oklahoma: Volunteers more than 100 hours of community service each year in Norman ... Presented with the Norman United Way Young Volunteer of the Year Award in 2005 ... FCA Huddle Leader at Irving (Okla.) Middle School and an active member of the OU Huddle, speaking publicly on behalf of the FCA ... Works directly with the Madison and Cleveland (Okla.) Elementary reading program ... Participates in annual FCA Food Drive benefiting needy families and interacting with children.
Joel Howells, PK, Senior, Northwestern: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee football representative who is an integral part of the SAAC programming and community service efforts, including the holiday food drive, holiday book drive, and speaking with local schools and youth organizations ... Regular volunteer for the American Cancer Society Generation Fit program ... Assists with the YMCA Spring Break programming ... Mentor for an at-risk male student for the Junior Wildkit Mentoring Program in Evanston.
Bob Morton, OL, Senior, Notre Dame: Active member of Tackle the Arts with the Saint Joseph County (Ind.) Library, which is a service activity that allows athletes to work with parents and their children on poetry, creative writing, reading, art and music ... Helped distribute gifts to children at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend ... Made missionary trip to Monterrey, Mexico to help on construction projects ... Spent summer of 2006 speaking one-on-one with athletes in Paris, Texas, about academics and ethical behavior.
Quentin Moses, DE, Senior, Georgia: Worked on numerous Habitat for Humanity home builds in the Athens, Georgia area ... Participated in St. Mary's Hospital visitation programs and visited the elderly in assisted living centers ... Given speeches and participated in reading programs at several local elementary schools ... Involved in Georgia's Hurricane Katrina Relief Project, which raised over $10,000 ... Volunteer at the East Athens Community Center and the Athens/Clarke County Project REACH.
Tyler Palko, QB, Senior, Pittsburgh: Started the TC House Foundation, a non-profit organization established to raise money for the construction of a group home for individuals with Down Syndrome in Imperial, Pa. ... Participated in the 2006 Walk for Autism, which raised funds for autism research ... Selected as a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) role model, and has been keynote speaker for the organization's events ... Regular visitor of Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital, spending time with patients and their families.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Junior, Kentucky: Guest speaker at numerous elementary schools and football camps ... Organized a letter-writing campaign where the entire football team wrote individual "get well" letters to an 11-year old cancer patient at UK Children's Hospital ... Celebrity visitor to the Veteran's Administration Hospital for two years ... Participated in the American Heart Walk ... Mentor at Boyle (Ky.) Middle School ... Delivered meals for Saint Peter and Paul Church ... Student-worker at UK's Big Blue Caravan.
Dane Todd, FB, Senior, Nebraska: Volunteer at community events such as Dads of Kids with Disabilities, Safe Quarters Friendship Home Fund Drive, Husker Haunted Hoops, Breakfast of Champions, Nebraska Dance Marathon for Children's Miracle Network, Relay for Life and Healthy Kids Day ... Makes visits to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Omaha Children's Hospital and 10 nursing homes ... Speaks to youth about education, health and leadership at numerous elementary schools.
Eric Weddle, DB, Senior, Utah: Tutors children with learning disabilities at three different elementary schools ... Plays with kids and talks to them about the importance of education and doing things right at Utah Youth Correctional Facility ... Makes visits to Utah Primary Children's Hospital ... Volunteers at the Utah Food Bank ... Reads to children at local recreation center ... Speaks and plays with children at numerous elementary schools, expressing the importance of education.
James Wilhoit, PK, Senior, Tennessee: Accumulated more than 250 community service hours ... Guest speaker at Halls (Tenn.) Middle School ... Took part in the East Tennessee Children's Hospital Telethon ... Participated in Tennessee Dance Marathon, which raised money for East Tennessee Children's Hospital ... Helped raise money for the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts ... Active in "Lettermen for Learning," traveling to community schools encouraging children to stay in school ... Spoke at local D.A.R.E. ceremony.