INDIANAPOLIS - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Allstate Insurance Company announced the 251 nominees for the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams this week, including Rice’s Max Guercy and Christal Porter. This prestigious community service award recognizes a distinguished group of student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to enriching the lives of others and contributing to the greater good in their communities.
For the third year, the Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams help spotlight the off-the-court good works and service to others that often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. From creating organizations benefitting at-risk youth to volunteering overseas to help impoverished communities, there are countless remarkable stories of service among this year’s group of nominees. As full-time students and athletes, these players choose to dedicate their limited free time to improving the lives of those around them.
Guercy is one of 98 NCAA Division I men’s basketball players nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team. At Rice, the junior guard completed the athletic department’s leadership development program and has generously volunteered his time putting on basketball clinics, reading at elementary schools and serving at a soup kitchen. He has been named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of his first two years on campus. He leads the Owls in steals and free throw shooting this season.
Porter, one of 56 NCAA Division I women’s basketball players nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team, is a highly decorated Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) member serving as Rice University’s SAAC Representative to Conference USA as well as holding the president’s position at Rice. She is one of the student-athlete senators who represents SAAC to the campus Student Association. Porter’s involvement on campus also includes being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was an Orientation Week Advisor her sophomore and junior years, as well as a Peer Athletic Academic Advisor. Porter was also named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll her junior season. On the court, Porter currently leads the Owls and Conference USA in rebounding.
Members of the Allstate NABC Good Works Team will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, to the 2015 NABC Convention and 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Indianapolis, where they will participate in a community project benefitting the host city. Members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2015 WBCA Convention and at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay, and will also participate in a local community project. Allstate is an official corporate partner of the NABC, WBCA and NCAA.
Former Duke University student-athlete, two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill will headline the Allstate NABC Good Works Team voting panel, while WNBA basketball star Tamika Catchings, who played at the University of Tennessee, will serve on the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team panel. In addition to Hollander, Hill and Catchings, the 2015 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Teams selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes 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).
Both teams play home games this Saturday before final exams begin. Women’s basketball hosts Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. and the men face St. Edward’s at 7 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse.