INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Rice senior forward Alyssa Lang has been nominated for the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance Agency announced Wednesday.
A native of Rockwall, Texas, is an active leader in Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA). Through FCA, Lang took a mission trip to Haiti where she served in orphanages feeding centers throughout Haiti and ministered to young orphans.
Locally, Lang volunteers at the Nehemiah Center, which is a Christian-based organization that offers academic, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual enrichment for at-risk children and their families in Houston’s Third Ward and beyond. While at the Nehemiah Center, Lang teaches the children basketball fundamentals and puts the student through various drills and games to enhance their learning.
Lang also volunteers at the Texas Children’s Hospital interacting with young patients and helping with their annual reunion in the summer. On the court, Lang is a scrappy defender who has played in four games this season for the Owls.
In its fourth year, the Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Teams® recognize players at all levels of college basketball who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement. From establishing nonprofits that provide youth with the necessary tools to become leaders of tomorrow, to raising awareness around pertinent issues that could save lives, these student-athletes exhibit leadership skills both on and off the court.
The 103 WBCA nominees and the 154 NABC nominees were submitted by sports information directors and college basketball coaches across the country. From the nominations, special voting panels, headlined by former University of Tennessee basketball athlete, NCAA champion and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings, and former Duke University basketball athlete, two-time NCAA® champion and seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill, will select two 10-member teams 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.
In addition to Clarkson, Catchings and Hill, the 2016 Allstate WBCA and NABC Good Works Team® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Alana Beard (Duke University), and Clark Kellogg (Ohio State University / CBS Sports); media members Carolyn Peck (ESPN), LaChina Robinson (ESPN/FOX), Seth Davis (Sports Illustrated/CBS) and Dana O’Neil (ESPN); former head coaches Marsha Sharp (Texas Tech University), Nell Fortner (Auburn University), Bobby Cremins (Georgia Institute of Tech/College of Charleston) and Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech University); and current college basketball coach Coquese Washington (Penn State University).
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.