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Gollon Named to NABC Allstate Good Works Team

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (School Release)- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Allstate Insurance Company revealed the inaugural Allstate NABC Good Works Teams® on Tuesday, with Mercer University's Jakob Gollon named as one of 10 national honorees.

The award recognizes a unique group of men's college basketball student-athletes who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement including building homes for the elderly, leading basketball clinics, reading to students and working with children with hearing disabilities. 

"It's a fantastic honor for him and our program to be recognized for the things we're doing off the court to make a difference in the community," Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman said.  "It's a special thing for a young man like him, because he's taken it to another level and epitomizes what the Good Works team is about."

Gollon joins four other Division I men's basketball players on the list, representing Saint Joseph's University, Belmont University, the University of Louisville and Duke University.  Gollon and his counterparts will be invited by Allstate, an official corporate partner of the NCAA®, to the 2013 NABC Convention and 2013 NCAA® Men's Final Four® in Atlanta, where they will participate in a community project in the city.

The NABC and Allstate also announced an additional five-member team, comprised of players from NCAA Division II, III and the NAIA.  Allstate also partnered with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) to select 10 national women's honorees.

Gollon has used the pedestal of collegiate athletics to change the lives of countless others.  Since arriving on campus in the fall of 2008, he's been a part of numerous community service initiatives, becoming a welcome face in the local school system and the community.  With young students, Gollon jumps at the opportunity to participate in reading marathons - and with older students, he's visited several classes to speak about the importance of test prepping.  In the community, Gollon is an active member of Rebuilding Macon, a foundation created to help rehabilitate the houses of low-income and elderly homeowners.  In similar efforts, he's taken part in Macon Impact, a yearly community service drive that focuses on rebuilding the Macon community while also organizing food and blood drives.  He's also partnered with Pastor James Moore, who mentors a group of children by offering friendship and helping with education.

Aside from those efforts, Gollon's exemplification of the "Good Works" team is evident in his personal mentorship of a young man at a local alternative school, who is striving to get back into the public school system.  Gollon has taken it upon himself to form a close relationship with the boy, visiting both him and his family on a weekly basis.  Gollon has gone to his school and home to mentor him, aiming to provide a shoulder to lean on while spending valuable time with the boy.

Gollon is currently pursuing a graduate degree in educational leadership.  In his first two years at Mercer, Gollon was injured and received medical hardships from the NCAA.  He's been granted a sixth-year waiver and will be eligible to play next season as well.  During that time, he's completed his bachelor's coursework in communications and began graduate level work in educational leadership.  He's also become the unofficial spokesperson for the team, eagerly grabbing the microphone whenever the team gets the opportunity to speak in front of a crowd.  Opportunities like this include yearly homecoming events and the numerous greeting parties organized by the student body during the team's run to the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Tournament Championship.  He's also taken his public speaking to the Lion's Club, where he's been a keynote speaker.

In what little free time he allows himself, Gollon writes a column entitled "Gollon's Journal" for his hometown paper, the Stevens Point Journal.  The column details the daily life of a student-athlete from an inside perspective.

While balancing all of these endeavors, Gollon still manages to play a standout role on both the court and in the classroom.  He's started the last 67 games for the team and helped the Bears to a 47-20 record during that stretch.  Prior to this season, he was named a Preseason All-Atlantic Sun Conference selection and captain of the team after finishing last year ranked among the top-11 A-Sun players in rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game and assist-to-turnover ratio.  In his studies, Gollon carries a 3.83 GPA in his graduate coursework, after completing his undergraduate degree with a 3.33 GPA.

Athletic departments submitted 161 nominations for deserving student-athletes. From the nominations, two voting panels headlined by former University of Arizona student-athlete, five-time NBA champion and college basketball analyst Steve Kerr, and former University of Tennessee star and 2012 WNBA championship team member Tamika Catchings, selected two 10-member teams.

"The NABC is pleased to honor 10 outstanding men's basketball student-athletes for their hard work and dedication to charitable and community service-related activities," said Jim Haney, NABC executive director. "These student-athletes have made a significant impact on the organizations they have served, and have shown outstanding character on the court, in the community, and in the classroom."

In addition to Hollander, Kerr and Catchings, the 2013 Allstate NABC and WBCA Good Works Team® selection panel members include: former college basketball student-athletes Greg Anthony (UNLV), Alana Beard (Duke) and former NABC Player of the Year Jason Williams (Duke), former head coaches Bobby Cremins, Al Skinner, Marsha Sharp, and Nell Fortner, WBCA board member Coquese Washington, and college basketball media members Seth Davis, Andy Katz, Carolyn Peck, and LaChina Robinson.

Since 2008, Allstate has partnered with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as sponsor of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®, which shines a spotlight on the positive, off-the-field impact college football student-athletes have on their communities. Through an arrangement with the AFCA, NABC and WBCA, Allstate is able to expand the Good Works Team® to also recognize college basketball student-athletes at all levels who donate their time and effort to make a difference off the court.

More information about the Allstate NABC Good Works Team® and the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team® is available at www.nabc.org and www.wbca.org.

About the National Basketball Coaches Association

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 Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States.

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."

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2013 Allstate NABC Good Works Teams®:

NCAA® Division I

 

 

 

 

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Langston Galloway

Junior

Guard

Saint Joseph's University

Baton Rouge, La.

Jakob Gollon

Junior

Forward

Mercer University

Stevens Point, Wis.

John Mann

Junior

Forward

Belmont University

Smyrna, Ga.

Peyton Siva

Senior

Guard

University of Louisville

Seattle, Wash.

Tyler Thornton

Junior

Guard

Duke University

Washington, D.C.

 

NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA

 

 

 

 

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Max Brewer

Senior

Guard

Franklin & Marshall College

Park Ridge, N.J.

Jake Greene

Senior

Guard

LSU-Shreveport

Dry Creek, La.

Joseph Henain

Junior

Center

Mount St. Mary College

Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

Kevin Kotzur

Senior

Center

St. Mary's University

La Vernia, Texas

Colton Overway

Senior

Guard

Hope College

Holland, Mich.

 

2013 Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams®:

 

NCAA® Division I

 

 

 

 

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Blanche Alverson

Senior

Guard

Auburn University

Andalusia, Ala.

Whitney Hand

Senior

Guard

University of Oklahoma

Fort Worth, Texas

Caroline King

Senior

Forward

Brown University

Valencia, Pa.

Drey Mingo

Graduate

Forward

Purdue University

Atlanta, Ga.

Gizelle Studevent

Senior

Guard

Penn State University

La Jolla, Calif.

 

NCAA® Divisions II, III and the NAIA

 

 

 

 

Name

Cl.

Pos.

School

Hometown

Amanda Deal

Senior

Guard

California State University

Costa Mesa, Calif.

Kathryn Ganser

Senior

Guard

Merrimack College

Needham, Mass.

Logan Frederick

Senior

Forward

Skidmore College

Arlington, Va.

Kayla Wheeler

Junior

Forward

Rochester Institute of Technology

Clifton Park, N.Y.

Emily Huber

Senior

Guard

Ave Maria University

Indianapolis, Ind.

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